Hamas leader vows to keep fighting Israeli 'aggression'

Over 1000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in recent Israeli raids on Gaza. Credit: Reuters

Mohammed Deif, the chief commander of the Hamas armed wing Izz el-Deen Al-Qassam Brigades, has said there will be no ceasefire with Israel until the blockade on Gaza is lifted, according to Hamas television station al Aqsa TV.

"The occupying entity will not enjoy security unless our people live in freedom and dignity," Deif said in an Arabic audio recording.

"There will be no ceasefire before the [Israeli] aggression is stopped and the blockade is lifted.

"We will not accept interim solutions which are not benefiting our people."