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Ismail Haniyeh: More escalation unless siege on Gaza is lifted

Hours after a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel was announced, Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh vowed to continue the ‘resistance’ until the siege on Gaza is lifted; Netanyahu: ‘we would not allow the continuation of terrorism by incendiary kites and balloons

Ismail Haniyeh

Hours after a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel was announced on Saturday evening, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday spoke at the funeral of the two teenagers killed over the weekend in the ‘s IDF airstrike in Gaza.  Haniyeh warned Israel of further escalation unless the siege on Gaza Strip is lifted.

“We are on the road to victory, the issue of Palestine, Jerusalem and Gaza is still on the top of our agenda,” said Haniyeh in rage, “The solution to the situation in Gaza is to lift the siege. The Palestinian people do not believe in promises about projects. The people want to see real results that will bring an end to this siege.

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Then he added: “The weekly marches will continue until we’ve reached all of our goals, first and foremost: lifting the siege on Gaza. We’ll continue to march until the right of return is realized. We will not give up on returning to all the land of Palestine.”

 Incendiary balloons (Photo Israel Police)

Haniyeh claimed that the factions in Gaza are those who had the last word when it comes to ending the current escalation. He also demonstrated his claim. Three fires have broken out on Gaza border caused by incendiary balloons being flown from Gaza strip into Israel. These only hours after Prime Minister Netanyahu said in the cabinet meeting this morning: “I heard it being said that Israel has agreed to a ceasefire that would allow the continuation of terrorism by incendiary kites and balloons; this is incorrect. We are not prepared to accept any attacks against us and we will respond appropriately.”

So in response, Israel attacked a Hamas unit in northern Gaza responsible for the launching of the incendiary kites and balloons into the Israeli territory.

“Our enemy,” said Haniyeh, “which aspires to impose equations of the rules of confrontation, has encountered resistance. We say to everyone that the marches that have put our issue on the map will only become more intense. The assassinations, carried out by your warplanes, will not happen again. These equations will not work again. Many elements were involved in mediating the ceasefire, but it was the word of the resistance that was the loudest,” according to Ynet News.




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