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Hamas: No new Egypt ceasefire initiative

July 20, 2014 2:21 P.M. (Updated: July 21, 2014 10:06 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A Hamas spokesman said Sunday there have been no new developments in the ceasefire talks in Cairo.

Fawzi Barhoum told Ma’an that Hamas delivered on Saturday a list of demands to the Arab League, Qatar and Turkey.

“When we rejected the Egyptian ceasefire initiative, that didn’t mean we reject an Egyptian role. It is actually in our interest that Egypt plays a powerful and effective role in the equation, that insures respect to the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.”

He added that a ceasefire which doesn’t meet the Palestinian resistance’s terms and doesn’t respond to the expectations of the Palestinian people won’t be dealt with, “regardless of who suggests to broker it.”

Speaking about the “massacre” Israeli forces committed in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City. Barhoum called it a war crime at all levels. He said the majority of victims were children, women and elderly people.

Barhoum added that “if Gaza hadn’t been under crippling siege, and if the Rafah crossing hadn’t been closed, and if Arab and European countries hadn’t colluded, and if the Americans hadn’t supported the Israeli occupation, it (Israel) wouldn’t have dared to commit such a massacre.”

He added that despite everything, the Palestinian resistance would continue to defend the Palestinian people and their holy places.

“We won’t surrender, nor shall we be broken or defeated, and instead we will go ahead as we have taken an irrevocable decision to resist.”
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