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The Palestinian Hamas group that governs the Gaza Strip has criticised recent rocket fire directed at Israel and denied responsibility.
The recent rockets were "being fired at the wrong time" and were "not being fired by the resistance faction", a statement from the interior ministry of the Hamas government said on Thursday.
It added that its security forces would find out who was responsible, but stopped short of promising any punitive measures
The Israeli question, which has long caused difficulty among warring Palestinian factions, continued to plague the groups as they tried to hammer out a power-sharing deal in Egypt on Thursday.
Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, said disagreement over peace talks with Israel was one of the key hurdles holding up the formation of a new unity government between Hamas and the Fatah faction led by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president.
5000+ homes are now known to have been destroyed in the relentless land, sea and air bombardment, and more than 100,000 people have been left homeless.
Though Israel claimed it would target only Hamas buildings and fighters, 90+% of the casualties are now known to have been civilian, while at least a third of the 1300+ killed were children.
To add to this, UNWRA chief John Ging revealed that 500,000 people were without water during the bombardment, and that huge numbers were without electricity. All this while as many as a dozen bombs rained down on Rafah, Jabaliya and Gaza City every hour, according to local reports.