Hamas rejects UN call to deliver Gaza aid via land

11:34, July 25, 2010      

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The Palestinian Islamic Hamas movement on Saturday rejected a UN call to deliver aid to the Gaza Strip through Israeli and Egyptian land crossings rather than by sea.

"The UN call is unaccepted and the international organization doesn't have the right to specify the way to deliver the aid," said Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas which controls Gaza.

On Friday, a UN spokesman told journalists in New York that " there are established routes for supplies to enter by land. That is the way aid should be delivered to the people of Gaza."

The UN stance was issued following an Israeli demand for an international action to prevent ships from sailing to Gaza.

On May 31, Israel killed nine activists on a Gaza-bound flotilla, sparking international outcry that eventually forced Israel to ease its land closure on Gaza. Israel says the siege, which was imposed in 2007, was intended to isolate Hamas.

Abu Zuhri said the UN is "biased to Israel and has become a tool in its hands," describing the call to restrict maritime flotillas as "a new scandal added to the UN."

He urged pro-Palestinian activists to continue their campaigns to break the naval blockade on Gaza.

Two Lebanese ships carrying medical supplies to Gaza are preparing to sail to Gaza. They are the latest in a series of flotillas that have failed to dock at Gaza since the end of an Israeli offensive there in January 2009. Prior to the war, several ships, ferried by Gaza Free Movement, succeeded to reach Gaza.

Source: Xinhua

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