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Hamas raps Obama for silence on Gaza war
(01-22 15:50)

Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic group, criticized President Barack Obama for not speaking out during Israel's three-week offensive in the Gaza Strip, where more than 1,300 people were killed.

''The wave of hope that met your election was heavily dampened by your silence on the Gaza massacre,'' Mussa Abu Marzuk, the deputy leader of the political bureau of Hamas, wrote in a column published in the London-based Guardian newspaper.

''This was compounded by your pre-election statement siding with the Israeli settlers of Sderot.''

The southern town of Sderot, which borders the Gaza Strip, was the main target of rockets fired by Hamas militants and other Palestinian groups based in Gaza.

Israeli police said more than 800 rockets and mortar shells were fired by Palestinians during the   
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