Haneya urges Jordan's king to press to prevent Israeli attack on Gaza

23:18, December 30, 2010      

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Deposed Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haneya on Thursday called on Jordan's King Abdullah II to move to curb possible Israeli military operation against Gaza.

Haneya made his remarks when he received a Jordanian official delegation in Gaza City.

"The role of the Jordanian King is important in preventing any escalation by the Israeli occupation," Haneya said.

Violence has flared up in recent weeks along the borders, as Palestinian militants stepped up their attacks against Israel, using mortars and short-range crude missiles.

Israel responded to the Palestinian rocket fire by airstrikes that targeted some Hamas security and military sites for the first time since the end of Operation Cast Lead nearly two years ago.

Israeli fire killed 17 Palestinians this month in Gaza, including a civilian shepherd and five militants preparing to fire a rocket from central Gaza Strip.

In the light of escalation, Hamas renewed its commitment to the fragile ceasefire that Israel and the Islamic movement separately announced after the end of the three-week offensive in the winter of 2008 and 2009.

Mahmoud Zahar, a senior Hamas leader in Gaza, said his movement would remain committed to the truce as long as Israel did.

Source: Xinhua
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