Hamas leader says no to Israeli disarmament demand
A senior Hamas leader has rejected Israel's demand that the group be disarmed as a condition for ending the long-running blockade of the Gaza Strip and permitting the opening of an air and seaport there, AP reported.
Ismail Haniyeh told a gathering on Friday near Gaza City that "we cannot accept or deal with any international decision to disarm the resistance" - a reference to Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups.
Israel has said it will press for Hamas' disarmament in indirect talks in Cairo aimed at charting a way forward for Gaza in the wake of a 50-day war that killed more than 2,200 people - almost all Palestinian. The fighting ended Aug. 26.