Hamas denies holding contacts with Israel

An official with Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) Tuesday denied reports saying that the Islamic movement was holding contacts with Israel on reopening Gaza crossings and renewing a truce with the Jewish state.

Hamas denies holding contacts with Israel
An official with Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) Tuesday denied reports saying that the Islamic movement was holding contacts with Israel on reopening Gaza crossings and renewing a truce with the Jewish state.

Hamas' spokesman in Gaza Sami Abu Zuhri said, "They are just untrue allegations that aim at disturbing the movement's reputation among the Palestinian people."

"Such reports are published by well-known figures in Ramallah who want to cover their secret political contacts with Israel to reach a new agreement similar to Oslo," Abu Zuhri said in a statement sent to the press.

He continued that "such allegations are totally contradicting with the reality that Israel is planning to carry out a large-scale military operation against the Gaza Strip."

Earlier this week, the deposed Hamas-led government in Gaza was reported to have expressed readiness to renew a mutual truce with Israel that was reached last November between Israel and the Palestinians.

In a statement published on Sunday, deposed prime minister Ismail Haneya's office said that the ceasefire would be observed in exchange for lifting the Israeli closure imposed on the Gaza Strip since Hamas seized control of the coastal enclave in mid-June.


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Last Mod: 18 Eylül 2007, 17:38
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