Hamas chief in Gaza Strip says not to seek war with Israel

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-04 22:34:02|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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GAZA, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Hamas chief in the Gaza Strip Yahya Sinwar Tuesday said that his movement will not see a war with Israel, and is interested in reinforcing an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agreement reached with Israel in 2014.

Sinwar made the remarks in a meeting held in Gaza city with dozens of youths to discuss the current situation in the Gaza Strip.

"But this doesn't mean that we are not ready to repel and prevent any (Israeli) aggression. We are always fully ready together with all other factions to do so," said Sinwar, stressing that "popular protests and marches are currently our choice."

Since March 30, Hamas has been leading rallies and protests called the "Great March of Return" every Friday in eastern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel.

"These marches, mainly the arson balloons (released from Gaza into Israel), were a serious and real challenge to the occupation and the conspiracies to liquidate the Palestinian cause," said Sinwar.

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov has led serious dialogue between Hamas and Israel to reach a calm agreement in the Gaza Strip and improve the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the coastal enclave.

Sinwar unveiled that there were so many mediators coming to Gaza from time to time as the popular pressure on the occupation (Israel) reached its peak, adding "now we eased this pressure to enable the mediators to help ending the Israeli siege on Gaza."

Talking about reconciliation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party, Sinwar said "although the efforts to achieve reconciliation have retreated, but still we haven't lost the hope to make it (reconciliation) real and true."

Sinwar denied that his movement agreed to use an airport in Eilat in southern Israel, but admitted that his movement accepts a sea passage that links the Gaza Strip with Cyprus.