Xinhua News Updates on Gaza Ceasefire and Blockade
Posted by uscsjp on July 14, 2008
Hamas: Israel disregards Gaza ceasefire commitments
“GAZA, July 14 (Xinhua) — Hamas on Monday accused Israel of disregarding its commitments made before Egypt in a Gaza ceasefire deal.
‘Israel did not implement any provision of the lull’s deal related to the lifting of the siege,’ said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoom.
‘The commercial crossings into Gaza did not open, the blockade is in place and the Zionist violations increase day by day,’ Barhoom added.
The Egyptian-brokered ceasefire took effect in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on June 19, which is designated to stop the violence between Palestinian militants and Israel and to lift the blockade that Israel imposed on Gaza since Hamas took over the territory last June…”
Fatah: fragile Hamas-Israel ceasefire yields nothing
“GAZA, July 14 (Xinhua) — A leader of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement on Monday said a Hamas-Israel ceasefire in the Gaza Strip was fragile and that Gaza residents did not feel any tangible benefits.
‘The blockade is still in place, the crossings closed and the circumstances are still difficult,’ said Zakariya al-Agha, Fatah representative in the Gaza Strip…”
Islamic Jihad criticizes Hamas for not coordinating over ceasefire
“GAZA, July 13 (Xinhua) — Islamic Jihad movement on Sunday criticized Islamic Hamas movement for not consulting with the Palestinian factions when Israel violated Gaza ceasefire.
Hamas and the Palestinian factions formed an operation room to discuss the responses to the Israeli violations of the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, but this room ‘was only a declaration and its members have never met and it is inactive,’ according to Daoud Shehab, the Islamic Jihad spokesman in Gaza.
Israel and Hamas agreed on a ceasefire that took hold in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on June 19. Hamas committed to the ceasefire but it took measures against Palestinian militants who violated the ceasefire. The Islamic Jihad was among those which fired rockets into Israel during the ceasefire.
Shehab said the lack of coordination was due to the political split between Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement…”