Sep 22, 2020 06:32 UTC
  • Hamas sets 2-month deadline for Israel to end Gaza siege

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has set a deadline of two months for the Israeli regime to end more than 12 years of its siege on the Gaza Strip.

Khalil al-Hayya, a member of the political bureau of Hamas, said Israel has blocked humanitarian assistance from entering Gaza over the past few months of the coronavirus pandemic.

If Israel does not end the siege willingly, he warned, Hamas is militarily capable of forcing Israelis into shelters.

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov visited Gaza on September 16 and held talks with Hamas officials regarding the Israeli blockade.

Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the political bureau of Hamas, has said the movement and the people in Gaza are determined to confront the unjust blockade until it is lifted entirely.

Hamas has already turned down a $15-billion development aid offer conditioned on disarming.

Haniyeh says the hefty offer has been made in the context of US President Donald Trump’s highly provocative ‘peace' plan, which would allocate billions to Gaza for development if implemented.