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Hamas to form referential council to back its Gaza government
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20:05, December 22, 2008

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Islamic Hamas movement intends to form a national referential committee to back its Gaza deposed government and its Premier Ismail Haneya, a senior Hamas official said on Monday.

Khalil al-Hayyah revealed to reporters that his movement had recently held contacts and consultations with leaders of other factions and political groups to form the committee to back the government in times of crisis.

Last week, Haneya, who addressed a speech to mark the 21-year-anniversary for establishing the Islamic movement, has called to form the committee "to provide advices and consultations to the leadership in Gaza."

Hamas movement, which won the last parliamentary elections held in January 2006, has taken control of the Gaza Strip by force in the summer of 2007, and routed President Mahmoud Abbas' security forces.

The movement had thwarted a national internal reconciliation when it decided to boycott the dialogue in Cairo, which was due to be held under the sponsorship of the Arab League on Nov. 10.

"The referential committee won't be an alternative to the official ministries and institutions of the government. It would offer advices and consultations on how to get out of the current crisis," said al-Hayyah.

Israel has threatened to topple Hamas by carrying out a large-scale operation in the Gaza Strip after a six-month truce, brokered by Egypt with Gaza militant groups, has ended on Friday.

"Any party or country wants to mediate a renewal of the truce should bear in mind and put into consideration that how Israel was not committed to the last six-month truce," said al-Hayyah.

He conditioned that "any future truce with Israel, should take into consideration the complete opening of all Gaza border crossings, mainly Rafah on the border between Gaza and Egypt."

Source: Xinhua

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