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USAID: Hamas is meddling humanitarian activities in Gaza

(Xinhua)

12:52, August 13, 2011

GAZA, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- The USAID had decided to halt its humanitarian services it provides to the Gaza Strip over alleged Islamic Hamas movement interference into the organization's activities, USAID sources said Friday.

The sources, which spoke on condition of anonymity, told Xinhua that the USAID would suspend all its activities in the Gaza Strip until the organization is able to act without Hamas interference.

Taher Nouno, spokesman of the de facto Hamas government told Xinhua "We will never yield to any kind of threats," adding that his government "hasn't carried out any measures that contradict the Palestinian law."

Mohamed Awad, the minister of foreign affairs in the de facto Hamas government told Xinhua on telephone "There are no obstruction, interference or disorder in their activities."

Awad said that all that happens "is made in accordance with the Palestinian law, in coordination with the representatives of these organizations and in the frame of the goal of providing humanitarian services to the Palestinian people."

"We agreed to hold a meeting with the representatives of these organizations and the managers of the projects which serve the populations, most of these projects are humanitarian," said Awad.

He added that representatives from the government (Hamas government) would attend the meeting "in order to arrange the aids in accordance with the law." He did not specifically say when the meeting is scheduled.

A U.S. official, speaking in condition of anonymity, told the Israeli Ma'arive news website that "Through a series of measures imposed over the past months, Hamas created an environment which jeopardizes the ability of non-governmental organizations to provide assistance to most vulnerable residents."

However, Awad said "The USAID has to regret these statements because there is no need for it as long as everything goes in accordance with the law and there is law in every country."

The United States listed Hamas among the world's terrorist groups. It had demanded Hamas to recognize Israel and the peace accords Israel had signed with the Palestinians, in order to lift the embargo on contacting the group.

Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip by force in June 2007. However, it signed with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on an Egypt-brokered reconciliation pact in Cairo on May 4.

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Johnson at 2011-08-1394.187.102.*
"Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip by force in June 2007." This is somewhat misleading, as they won the 2006 parliament elections, internationally recognized to have been fair, but was immediately acted against by the U.S. and Israel. What they then "took control of by force" was their own, hijacked government. FYI.
  

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