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Israeli leader says cross-border tunnels must be destroyed
Israeli leader says cross-border tunnels must be destroyed

Amid mounting international concern over civilian casualties and demands for an immediate cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed Thursday that he would accept no truce that would prevent Israel from demolishing the cross-border tunnels that have become the focus of the ongoing fighting. Speaking at the start of a cabinet meeting held in a rocket-proof room at the defense ministry in Tel-Aviv, Netanyahu said Israel was "determined to complete this mission, with or without a cease-fire." International efforts to secure a truce -- which would afford time for indirect negotiations for a more permanent arrangement -- have so far failed.  ...

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