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Hamas holds Israel responsible for consequences of siege of Gaza Strip

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A toddler sits in a doorway of a deserted house as a woman sweeps at the Shati Palestinian refugee camp in Gaza City, the besieged Gaza Strip. (Via AFP)

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has held the Israeli regime fully accountable for any consequences of tightening the years-long all-out siege on Gaza Strip that has aggravated the humanitarian crisis among its Palestinian inhabitants.

Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, made the remarks in a statement on Sunday, warning that the extremist Israeli practices against some two million inhabitants of the impoverished enclave would definitely create an atmosphere of escalation and explosion.

“The Zionist occupation bears all the repercussions and consequences of tightening the siege on the Gaza Strip that intensifies the humanitarian crisis among its residents and creates an atmosphere of escalation and explosion,” he said.

“Praising the steadfastness of our revolutionary Palestinian people against the occupation and siege in Gaza, Nablus, Jenin, Jerusalem, and Hebron, we affirm that our Palestinian people will never accept the occupation's policies, nor compromise their national rights,” the Hamas official further said.

Barhoum also called on the international community to accept its responsibilities and put pressure on the occupying entity to end its unjust siege of the blockaded coastal sliver.

He further affirmed that Palestinians would never accept the Israeli policies and would continue their struggle to obtain their national rights.

Gaza has been under the Israeli siege since June 2007, when Hamas took control of the enclave. 

The siege has inflicted severe hardship on residents. The poverty rate among Gaza’s population has reached 53 percent, while “extreme poverty” stands at 33.8 percent, according to statistics by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS).

About 68 percent of families do not have enough to eat, while 80 percent of Gazans are dependent on aid. The area’s unemployment rate also stands at 45.1 percent, according to PCBS.

Israel has also launched three major wars on Gaza since 2008.

In the latest bombardment campaign, at least 260 Palestinians, including over 60 children, were killed in a time span of 11 days that began on May 10. The Gaza-based resistance movements retaliated heavily and took the Tel Aviv regime by surprise.


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