Palestinian Hamas movement disappointed by Arab summit

Other News Materials 31 March 2009 13:57 (UTC +04:00)

The radical Islamist Hamas movement ruling the Gaza Strip on Tuesday expressed disappointment at the outcome of the Arab League summit in Qatar, saying its resolutions were weak and incomplete, reported dpa.

The statement released at the end of the one-day summit in Doha on Monday "doesn't amount to realistic decisions and lacks practical steps and doesn't go with the suffering and the sacrifice of the Palestinian people," Hamas spokesman in Gaza, Fawzi Barhoum said.

"We were hoping the Arab leaders would move to lift the siege by acts, not by words," he added, referring to Israel's blockade of the strip.

Most of the Arab nations do not recognize Hamas' regime in Gaza Strip since it was established after the Islamic movement routed security forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' secular Fatah movement in 2007.

Arab and Western nations deal with Abbas' West Bank-based government.