Reports on transfer of Gaza crossings to PNA false, Palestinian official says

16:03, July 04, 2010      

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A Palestinian official Saturday denied the reports saying talks are underway with Israel to hand over Gaza crossings to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).

"This is untrue," the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity, noting "there are no direct talks with the Israelis in this regard."

The Israeli daily Jerusalem Post reported on Saturday that the Defense Ministry has begun preparing for possible transfer of crossings into the Gaza Strip to the PNA.

Israel closed all its borders with the Gaza Strip after the Islamic Hamas movement, considered as a terrorist group by Israel and the West, grabbed hold of the territory by force in 2007. Israel and Hamas have no confidence in each other to control or liaise operations at the crossing points.

The Palestinian official said Israel must open its commercial crossings with Gaza, while the PNA must have an official presence in these crossings.

The Jewish state has recently decided to relax the embargo in response to mounting international calls to lift the three-year- long blockade following Israel's killing of nine Turkish activists on a Gaza-bound aid ship in late May.

Source: Xinhua


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