[News] 3rd day of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza - Hamas does not call for war, but won't tolerate Israeli incursions into Gaza
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Fri May 6 13:12:49 EDT 2016
3rd day of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza
*Hamas does not call for war, but won't tolerate Israeli incursions into
May 6, 2016 http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=771418
GAZA (Ma'an) -- Deputy head of Hamas’ politburo Ismail Haniyeh said on
Friday that while the movement is not calling for a new war in the Gaza
Strip, it will not tolerate incursions by Israel or accept a buffer zone.
Haniyeh said during Friday prayers at the Abu Salim mosque in the
central Gaza Strip district of Deir al-Balah that Israel’s recent
incursions into the border areas in search of tunnels are responsible
for the latest escalation of violence in the besieged coastal enclave.
“We do not call for a new war, but we will not allow these incursions or
for new realities to be imposed on our people in Gaza. We call for
lifting the siege. Enough of this historical injustice suffered by 2
million of our people."
Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the
“buffer zone” have long been a near-daily occurrence, marked by Israeli
bulldozers leveling lands inside Gaza territory while accompanied by
Israeli military vehicles.
Haniyeh said incursions inside Gaza territory are a grave violation of
the Egypt-sponsored ceasefire reached in the summer of 2014.
Haniyah highlighted that the efforts underway by Egypt, Qatar, UN envoy
Nikolay Mladenov, and Turkey to curb the aggression in the Gaza Strip.
"I hope that statements by the PA (Palestinian Authority) regarding
limiting relations with the (Israeli) occupation are implemented on the
ground, and that security coordination with occupation must be stopped,”
The PA has repeatedly threatened to put an end to the security
coordination with Israel over the years. However, Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his commitment to security coordination with
Israel in an interview in March, arguing that it was a major factor in
curbing Palestinian attacks against Israeli targets.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s (PFLP) military wing
also released a statement Friday regarding the recent Israeli
hostilities, saying it “will not stand idly by while Israel continues
its crimes against Palestinian people.”
“We affirm that this escalation by the (Israeli) occupation in Gaza is
an attempt to test the patience of resistance. [...] They have two
choices: either to die or leave our lands.”
Israeli airstrikes continued Friday morning for third consecutive day,
in response to alleged mortar rounds being fired by Hamas and other
Palestinian resistance groups on Israeli army targets.
Israeli shelling east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip
reportedly killed a Palestinian woman on Wednesday.
The Israeli army accused Palestinian resistance groups of launching
mortar attacks in an attempt to disrupt the army’s “operational
activity” in search for Hamas-built tunnels leading into Israel.
Israeli outlet Haaretz quoted Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon as
saying: "We will not be deterred by these threats by Hamas and will
continue operations in light of the violation of our sovereignty, until
we find and expose every last tunnel."
One such tunnel was allegedly discovered Thursday, the second of its
kind to be uncovered since Israel’s devastating 2014 offensive on the
The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by
Israel for decade. The blockade was imposed following the victory of
Hamas in the 2006 Palestinian elections and the subsequent 2007 clashes
between Fatah and Hamas, which left Hamas in control of the Gaze Strip
and Fatah in control of the occupied West Bank.
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