Hamas and PA dismiss Gaza blockade liberalization as ploy

June 17, 2010 18:45

Both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority on Thursday dismissed Israel's decision to ease the blockade on the Gaza Strip as insignificant and condemned it as a public  relations ploy.

Nimer Hammad, political advisor to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, said that the decision was "insufficient" and called for the reopening of all the border crossings into the Gaza Strip.

In Gaza City, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that Israel's decision to allow more goods into the Gaza Strip was designed to "beautify" the blockade and mislead public opinion.

The Palestinians, he said, are not asking for additional goods to be allowed into the Gaza Strip. Rather, they are demanding the complete lifting of the blockade and the reopening of all the border crossings, as well as freedom of movement for all people."

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