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Lørdag ble en blodig dag. 50 mennesker døde som følge av kamper mellom den israelske hæren og Hamas og israelske angrep. Palestinske leire på begge sider snakket om et holocaust.

Palestinians leaders called the killings «genocide» and threatened to call off peace talks with Israel.

«The response to these rockets can’t be that harsh and heinous,» said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. «It is nowadays described as a holocaust.»

In Syria, exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal described Israeli attacks against civilians in Gaza as «the real Holocaust.»

Chief Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qureia said Palestinian leaders including Abbas recommended suspending peace talks at a meeting Saturday in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

«I think it will be suspended,» Qureia said. «What is happening in Gaza is a massacre of civilians, women and children, a collective killing, genocide,» Qureia added. «We can’t bear what the Israelis are doing, and what the Israelis are doing doesn’t led the peace process any credibility.»

Hamas mener presdint Abbas må bære noe av ansvaret for israelernes gjengjeldelse, fordi Abbas har fordømt rakettene som skytes mot Israel.

Hamas remained defiant.

«If (Israeli officials) decided stupidly to invade Gaza, we will fight them with God’s help,» Mashaal told reporters from his base in Damascus, Syria. «We will fight them like lions.»

Mashaal also blamed his Fatah rivals for helping along Israel’s attacks.

«I accuse the president of the Palestinian Authority of providing coverage of this holocaust in Gaza,» Mashaal said in Damascus. Hamas has said Abbas’ condemnation of rocket fire has given a pretext to Israel’s assault on Gaza.

Israel sier de ikke har noe valg. Den alvorligste hendelsen var torsdag da det ble skutt iranske Grad-raketter mot Ashkelon, en by på 120.000 innbyggere. En mann ble såret. Det er en opptrapping Israel ikke kan tolererere. Men Hamas ser ikke ut til å bry seg om konsekvensene. De er innestent og beleiret, og ser ut til å foretrekke en opptrapping, selv om det skulle føre til katastrofe.

Israeli government spokesman David Baker said Israel was «compelled to continue to take these defensive measures» to protect more than 200,000 Israelis living under the threat of Palestinian rocket barrages.

Militants «hide behind their own civilians, using them as human shields, while actively targeting Israeli population centers,» Baker said. «They bear the responsibility for the results.»

Israeli strikes kill 50 in Gaza