Palestinians rally in support of Hamas
The Gaza offensive left over 1,800 Palestinians dead. (AFP/File)
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Thousands of Palestinians have staged a demonstration in the besieged Gaza Strip in support of the resistance movement Hamas.
Palestinians took to the streets on Thursday to attend the rally called by Hamas, demanding an end to Tel Aviv’s blockade of the impoverished enclave.
The protesters also condemned the Israeli regime’s current aggression in Gaza and the world silence over the massacre of civilians, including children. They also called on the Israeli government to release Palestinian prisoners.
Hamas spokesman Moshir al-Masri said in a speech to protesters that the Palestinian resistance group is ready to continue its fight against Israel if the truce conditions are not met.
The Israeli government’s military attacks against the Gaza Strip claimed the lives of nearly 1,900 Palestinians, including more than 400 children, and wounded over 9,500 others.
A 72-hour humanitarian truce between the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and Israel took effect at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) on Tuesday.
Also on Thursday, doctors and aid agencies were trying to evacuate more wounded Palestinians from Gaza to other hospitals, including in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Jordan.
According to reports, some 90 of most serious cases were evacuated through the Erez border crossing.
Meanwhile, officials from Israel and Hamas were preparing for another round of talks in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, in order to extend the ceasefire. Palestinians want Israel to lift its blockade on Gaza, while Tel Aviv says that Gaza should be demilitarized.
"Today will be a crucial day. If there is no Israeli response to the Egyptian initiative, which includes the Palestinian demands, then several options are ... [available],” a member of the Palestinian delegation said.