Hamas: Increasing Gaza's export won't change facts on ground

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Islamic Hamas movement on Wednesday said Israel's decision to expand export from Gaza doesn't change the situation on the ground.

"This is an attempt to cover the real continuation of the blockade," Ayman Taha, a spokesman for Hamas, told Xinhua, minutes after the Israeli Security Cabinet approved to let more goods go out from the Hamas-controlled territory.

Israel relaxed it blockade in June, after its deadly raid on a Turkish-led aid flotilla bound for Gaza, allowing most of civilian goods into the Strip but keeping a ban on some construction materials like cement and steel.

As part of the new policy, Israel allowed Gaza farmers to export strawberry and cut flowers to Europe through its land crossings with Gaza. Since Israel imposed the blockade in 2007, it has allowed roses and strawberries to leave Gaza for at least two times.

The Israeli government did not yet provide details about the new list of goods that would be exported. Before Hamas took over Gaza and Israel closed down the crossings, Gazans used to export furniture, cloths and agricultural products.

Meanwhile, Taha, the Hamas spokesman, said the new Israeli decision to expand exports was part of Tel Aviv's efforts to improve its relation with Turkey. Ankara has been critical of the closure.

Last week, 21 international aid and rights organizations, including Amnesty and Oxfam, called for a new global move to lift Gaza's blockade immediately.

Source: Xinhua


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