Haneya: Gaza still under Israeli siege despite relaxations

15:18, November 28, 2010      

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Deposed Prime Minister of the Hamas government Ismail Haneya said Saturday that Israel still imposes tight siege on the Gaza Strip despite declarations of easing it several months ago.

"Israel is trying through its propaganda to mislead the world that the crossings are open and the siege was eased. This is untrue, the siege is still going on and the crossing points are still closed," Haneya told a European aid convoy termed "the road to hope."

However, he said aid convoys "are a developed step towards breaking the siege and reinforcing the steadfastness of the Palestinian people."

The European aid convoy, including 30 trucks, an ambulance and 94 tons of medical aid, arrived in the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing between the enclave and Egypt on Thursday.

Head of the convoy Kein Okeiv said that "Israel is afraid of the convoys that aim at defying the siege because it knows that these convoys are strong messages."

Israel has been imposing a tight blockade on the Gaza Strip since the Hamas movement seized control of the enclave by force in June 2007, however, it eased the blockade following an Israeli commandos' raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on May 31, killing nine activists and wounding dozens.



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