Hamas: Gaza’s Reconstruction Critical For Keeping Ceasefire

Published June 11th, 2021 - 06:05 GMT
Gaza’s reconstruction critical for maintaining ceasefire, Hamas said.
A Palestinian pedlar walks with bags of cotton candy past the rubble of a building destroyed during the May 2021 conflict between Hamas and Israel in Gaza City's al-Rimal neighbourhood, on June 10, 2021. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP
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Leading Hamas figure says cease-fire is in fragile state and resolving problems crucial to strengthening it

Israel must speed up reconstruction of the Gaza Strip if it wants the cease-fire to continue, a senior figure from the Hamas movement said early Friday. 

In a statement on the Al-Aqsa TV channel, Khalil al-Hayya, deputy head of the Hamas Political Bureau, said the organization rejects threats related to the reconstruction of Gaza and would not make political compromises.

Warning that Israel will face dire consequences unless it reigns in Jewish settlers in Jerusalem and at al-Aqsa Mosque, al-Hayya said the cease-fire is in a fragile state and resolving such problems is crucial to strengthening it.


Al-Hayya said a comprehensive national vision has not yet become clear, which makes it better for Palestine to postpone dialogue meetings in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

Israel's attacks on the blockaded Gaza Strip began on May 10 ended on May 21 after a cease-fire deal with Hamas.

A total of 254 Palestinians, including 66 children and 39 women, were killed in Israel's bombing of Gaza.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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