HAMAS leader: Israel not eases Gaza blockade
Israel has not eased the blockade on the Gaza Strip, despite the Israeli Government's statements on lifting embargo on a number of goods imported into the enclave, one of the founders and leaders of the Palestinian resistance movement HAMAS, Mahmoud Zahar said in an interview with Turkish Sabah newspaper.
So far, no humanitarian aid has been let in Gaza, and the food situation remains as before, Zahar, Palestinian Foreign Minister in the Hamas-led Palestinian Government said.
June 17, the Israeli government decided to expand the list of allowed goods and the liberalization of their delivery to the Gaza Strip, which is more than three years is under the blockade of Israel and Egypt, RIA Novosti told.
Now the Israeli authorities allow 150 types of products into the Gaza Strip, compared to 4,000, which were imported before the embargo.
HAMAS leader stated about the need to fully lift blockade on Gaza and allow foreign nationals to visit the region to provide humanitarian aid.
Zahar also touched upon the issue of inter-Palestinian reconciliation with the ruling party FATAH on the West Bank and its leader Mahmoud Abbas, who is the head of the Palestinian National Administration.
HAMAS leader denied rumors that the movement has refused Ankara to mediate for reconciliation with FATAH on a par with Egypt.
According to him, HAMAS has always supported and will support Turkey's mediation in the Palestinian problem