Hamas leader Haniyeh: 'Gaza on the way to ending the blockade'

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh made a speech on Eid al-Adha and spoke of the situation in the Gaza Strip. “There will be no political price for humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.”

By YASSER OKBI/MAARIV
August 21, 2018 09:27
Palestinian Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh gives a speech after prayers on the first day of Eid al-Adha

Palestinian Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh gives a speech after prayers on the first day of Eid al-Adha festival, in Gaza City August 21, 2018. (photo credit: IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA / REUTERS)

 
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Ismail Haniyeh said Tuesday, “Gaza is on the way to ending the blockade thanks to your resilient stance. There will be no political price for humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.”

Haniyeh, leader of the Hamas movement, gave a speech to the citizens of Gaza on Tuesday morning in celebration of Eid al-Adha.

The Hamas leader clarified, “any humanitarian aid will be in national accordance with an Arab security net to offer suitable warranty, but we emphasize that opposition is the best warranty there is.”

Haniyeh further stated, “Our holiday brings good tidings despite the [malicious] plots. We are witness to the death of the harshest attack on us – the Deal of the Century, which no one can pass.”

Khalil al-Hayya, deputy Hamas leader, said on Friday during his visit to Egypt, “the Palestinian factors have reached an agreement about the reconciliation, the end of the blockade and the calm with Israel.”

“There are international projects that will be implemented in Gaza soon, and we are interested in reconciliation based on partnership,” added al-Hayya. He included, “we are at the home stretch of the Egyptian, Qatari and international efforts to achieve calm and are doing everything to ease [the conditions of] the blockade. However, the March of Return continues until the blockade is lifted.”

Translated by Hadas Labrisch
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