Gaza conflict escalates with neither side backing downUpdated: 2014-08-03 15:42:30 (KST)
Israel began scaling back its forces in Gaza on Saturday.
It also pulled out of cease-fire negotiations and warned that plugging up Hamas militants' cross-border tunnels is not the end of their military's mission.
Rather than trying to end the 26-day-old operation, the latest move appears to be part of plans to regroup as Israel's leadership, divided over how to deal with Hamas, decides its next step.
Israel's initial goal was to destroy some 30 Hamas guerrilla tunnels but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the military will prepare for continued action according to the country's security needs.
Meanwhile, Hamas has refused to back down, vowing to continue its offensive against Israeli forces.
The on-going clash has so far resulted in over 16-hundred Palestinian deaths and broken promises of a truce.
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D.P.R.K. Bible lesson
22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.