Hamas rejects Turkish initiative over int'l forces in Gaza

Hamas official said on Thursday the movement did not accept Turkish initiative, although it was more realistic in comparison of Egyptian and French purposes.

Hamas rejects Turkish initiative over int'l forces in Gaza


Furkan Torlak/ World Bulletin

Hamas official said on Thursday the movement did not accept Turkish initiative, although it was more realistic in comparison of Egyptian and French purposes.

The details of Turkish initiative on Gaza are not known exactly.

A spokesman of exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Syria, with code name Nahiz Abu Khaled, told World Bulletin's reporter that the initiative included the condition about deploying international forces in Gaza which is the same point in the Egyptian and French purposes. He said that this point was unacceptable.

Abu Khaled underlined that "Palestinians don't think that international forces are in Palestine's favour. We never think that world community which does not condemn Israeli offensive, could protect Palesinians."

He also added that "Our old experiences and current insecurity prevent us from accepting such a condition."

No Turk, Arab Soldiers

Abu Khaled said that "We don't want to face Turk or Arab soldiers across us. It is the reality that international forces, wherever they are from, will provide security of Israel and act according to international monitoring which we never trust."

Spokesman cited that Turkish initiative and others presented many details whose contents are disputed and they would bring the continuity of carnage in Gaza in a way.

"We explained our stance to Turkish side," he said, "Gaza is open prison and there is a massacre. Such initiatives serve worse conditions in Gaza."

Hamas' conditions

Hamas spokesman replied World Bulletin question over conditions of Hamas, saying "Three conditions are necessary to reach any successful initiative;1-Israil will stop its ground offensive and airstrikes, 2- Israel will wihdraw its forces from Gazan territory, 3- The crossing borders, including Rafah, will be open and blockade will be lift out."

Abu Khaled thanked Turkey for its efforts. He added that "Palestinians and Hamas hail Turkey's efforts to end Israeli attacks. But the ceasefire is not a sentimantal, but a political issue."

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