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In an interview with NBC News' Brian Williams on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel had no choice but to defend itself against the constant attacks from Hamas. He blamed the Palestinian militants for hiding rockets inside schools and mosques to increase civilian casualties during the Israeli incursion, which began Thursday.
"They just don’t care,"
said Netanyahu. "They are responsible for all the civilian deaths, which we seek to minimize." Over 500 Palestinians have been killed, and at least 20 Israelis.
Israel voiced doubt on Tuesday about claims that chemical weapons had been used against rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad. Activists on Monday claimed civilians had suffered injuries consistent with exposure to some kind of poisonous gas. "We have seen reports from the opposition. It is not the first time. The opposition has an interest in drawing in international military intervention," Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Army Radio. "As things stand now, we do not have any confirmation or proof that (chemical weapons) have already been used, but we are definitely following events with concern," he said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights gathered activist accounts on Sunday of what they said was a poison gas attack in the city of Homs. The reports are difficult to verify, as the government restricts media access in Syria. The Observatory, a British-based group with a network of activists across Syria, said those accounts spoke of six rebel fighters who died after inhaling smoke on the front line of Homs's urban battleground. It said it could not confirm that poison gas had been used and called for an investigation.
Syria has said it would never use chemical weapons against its citizens.
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