World Bulletin/News Desk
A Palestinian NGO that is associated with Palestinian faction Hamas has laid the foundation stone of a new "waterway" to the Gaza Strip on Sunday, in a symbolic move that aims to draw the world's attention to the suffering caused by the Israeli siege on the coastal enclave.
At a press conference held at the existent Gaza Port, member of Palestinian National Commission to Break the Siege NGO Ashraf Abu Zayed said that the new port would be "Gaza's window to the world."
He also announced that developers will soon begin construction of an "international port" in the Gaza Strip.
"We've contacted several European ports and they agreed to construct a port in Gaza," Abu Zayed said, without revealing which European ports have been contacted.
He added that the commission is currently working on restoring one of the ships "in order to transport patients for treatment abroad in first trip to break the siege on the Gaza Strip."
Israel has imposed an air, land and sea blockade on the coastal enclave after Hamas won the legislative polls in 2006.
The blockade was stepped-up after Hamas took control of the strip in 2007 after routing forces loyal to the Ramallah-based Fatah movement, making it impossible for any boat from Gaza to cross into international waters.
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