Hamas Warns Of New Violence Unless Israel Lifts Blockade

The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas warned Wednesday of renewed violence unless Israel lifts its blockade of Gaza, at a ceremony marking the end of a military-style summer camp for 25,000 Gazans. “Today, our message to the occupier is very clear: We will not accept a blockade,” said Mahmud Zahar, a senior leader of Hamas which rules the Gaza Strip and has been holding indirect contacts with Israel over a long-term truce in return for an end to the nine-year-old blockade. “Break the siege because we will not be able to hold back those who want to defend their territory from those who have destroyed their homes and killed their children,” he said.

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