Hamas to regard int'l force as 'an occupying army'

Hamas rejected Thursday a proposal to send an international force to the Gaza Strip, and said it would regard such troops as 'an occupying army'.

Hamas to regard int'l force as 'an occupying army'
Hamas rejected Thursday a proposal to send an international force to the Gaza Strip, and said it would regard such troops as 'an occupying army'.

'Hamas is against the deployment of any international force at this time,' spokesman Sami Abu Zukri said.

The movement would regard an international force as an 'occupying army, he continued, and deal with it accordingly.

Both Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Premier Ehud Barak have proposed stationing a multi-national force.

'We have always asked for international forces to come to the West Bank and Gaza. But I'm telling you that this is not an easy thing to do,' chief Palestine Liberation Organization negotiator Saeb Erekat told Israel Amt Radio.

'This will depend on the mandate, on who will send troops, who will not send troops, who will come to the situation,' he added.

But Abu Zukri said Hamas saw the possible deployment of a multinational force as an attempt to strengthen one side at the expense of the other.
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