Hamas urges Arabs to help rebuild Gaza

PressTV – Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:1PM

Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hamad
The Palestinian Resistance Movement, Hamas, has called on Arab states to help rebuild the Gaza Strip and not wait for the United States’ permission.

Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hamad said on Wednesday that Arab states “must not wait for an American permission” to meet their promises to rebuild Gaza which was destroyed by Israeli strikes two years ago.

On December 27, 2008, Israel launched a 22-day massive attack against the densely populated coastal enclave, leaving more than 1,400 Palestinians dead and thousands more injured.

After the attack, international donors met in Egypt and pledged $4 billion in aid for the besieged territory, but most of the money has yet not been sent to the Palestinians.

Rebuilding security posts would be a message to Israel that it cannot defeat Gaza, Hamad said at an opening ceremony of the first police station rebuilt after the Israeli attack on Wednesday.

Israel has not yet lifted a ban on shipment of construction materials like cement and gravel to Gaza, as part of its economic sanctions against Hamas. Israel laid a siege on the Gaza Strip, which is home to nearly 1.5 million Palestinians, in 2007.

During the past two years, several international groups have attempted to break the siege of Gaza by sea and land.

On May 31, 2010, the Turkish-organized Freedom Flotilla was attacked by Israeli navy commandos in international waters. Nine Turkish activists were killed in the attack.

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