Hamas demands Israel pulls back to 1967 borders

Osama Hamdan, Hamas' foreign relations chief, said lifting the blockade on the Gaza Strip, which has been in place since 2006, is the main demand of Hamas.

Hamas demands Israel pulls back to 1967 borders

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas searches for a new ceasefire formula in the Gaza Strip as well as an end to Israeli aggressions against Gaza, a senior Hamas leader said Wednesday.

"Any international resolution for stopping the aggression must include the deployment of international troops along the 1967 borders," Osama Hamdan, Hamas' foreign relations chief, told Anadolu Agency in an interview that will be published in full on Thursday.

He added that his movement had already rejected the Egyptian ceasefire initiative for important reasons.

Even with this, Hamdan, who is based in the Lebanese capital Beirut, said Hamas does not mind an Egyptian role in adopting the new ceasefire formula together with other international parties.

He said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had suggested that a delegation of his Fatah movement, Hamas and the other main Gaza-based resistance movement, Islamic Jihad, travels to the Egyptian capital Cairo to discuss with Egyptian officials the demands of the Palestinians, noting that the Palestinians are united on these demands.

"If an agreement reached in this regard, we can start formulating specific ideas for ending the Israeli aggression on Gaza," Hamdan said.

He said Hamas does not have any problems if regional powers, such as Egypt, Turkey and Qatar adopt these ideas.

Hamdan said lifting the blockade on the Gaza Strip, which has been in place since 2006, is about the main demand of his movement.

He said international troops need to be deployed along the 1967 borders, both in Gaza and in the West Bank, so that Israel would not repeat its aggressions against the Palestinians in the future.

Since July 7, Israel has pounded the Gaza Strip with fierce aerial bombardments with the ostensible aim of halting rocket fire from the strip, leaving 1335 people dead and more than 7677 others injured.

The vast majority of the dead and injured victims are civilians: children, women and elderly people.

Gaza-based resistance factions, meanwhile, have continued to fire rocket at Israeli cities in response to relentless Israeli bombardments.

According to official Israeli figures, 53 Israeli soldiers and three civilians have been killed since the hostilities began.

Israel's military operation, dubbed operation "Protective Edge," is the self-proclaimed Jewish state's third major offensive against the densely-populate Gaza Strip – which is home to some 1.8 million Palestinians – within the last six years.

In 2008/9, over 1500 Palestinians were killed in Israel's three-week-long operation "Cast Lead."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 31 Temmuz 2014, 10:04