Hamas Leader: Egypt Not to Support Gaza Siege Again
News number: 9107118214 16:19 | 2012-11-10
TEHRAN (FNA)- Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said that Egypt will
never support the siege of the Gaza Strip again, adding that Egyptian
delegations have recently paid several visits to Gaza to exercise President
Mohammad Mursi's decree for putting an end to the Israeli blockade of the
"Egypt will never have a hand in the siege of Gaza again and its support for
an aggression against Gaza will be impossible as well," al-Youm al-Sabe news
website quoted Haniyeh as saying.
He said several Egyptian delegations have recently visited his coastal
enclave in line with Mursi's policy on the necessity of ending the siege of
Gaza and establishing permanent ties with Gazans.
The Palestinian prime minister once again reiterated his nation's
irrevocable stance against Israel, stressing that Palestinians will never
ignore even a single span of their land "because this (Palestinian
territories) is not the private property of anyone, rather it belongs to the
The siege of Gaza started in June 2007 when Israel imposed a blockade on the
Gaza Strip. This was supported by the governments of Egypt and the US.
The blockade consists of a land blockade along Gaza's borders with Egypt and
Israel and a sea blockade. It immediately followed the 2006-2007 economic
sanctions against the Palestinian National Authority following the election
of Hamas to the Palestinian government.
Hamas officials, including its former Politburo Chief Khalid Mashaal, have
on many occasions stressed that the Israeli siege of Gaza can never make the
Palestinians give up their cause and resistance.