No truce without lifting Israel Gaza blockade: Haniyeh

No truce without lifting Israel Gaza blockade: Haniyeh

Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:17PM GMT

Leader of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas Ismail Haniyeh says a permanent truce with the Israeli regime cannot be achieved other than by the complete removal of a seven-year-old blockade on the besieged Gaza Strip.

On Wednesday, Haniyeh told the al-Aqsa television network that “achieving a permanent truce can come only through lifting the blockade on Gaza.”

The Hamas leader also expressed support for the Palestinian negotiators engaged in indirect talks with Israeli officials in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, in order to reach a truce deal on Gaza.

“I am quite certain that our delegation in Cairo will not give in to blackmail,” Haniyeh noted.

His remarks came hours after his house was targeted by an Israeli airstrike, which left no casualties, according to witnesses, although the house was flattened.

Israeli warplanes have been carrying out incessant airstrikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip since July 8.

Nearly 1,960 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have lost their lives and at least 10,100 have been injured despite pressure from the international community on the Tel Aviv regime to end the military aggression.

Moreover, nearly 400,000 Palestinian children are in immediate need of psychological help due to “catastrophic and tragic impact” of the Israeli war, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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