Days of Palestine

Wednesday, February 1

Hamas does not want new war

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Days of Palestine, Gaza Strip –Senior Hamas leader Musa abu-Marzouq said on Saturday that his movement does not want new war on Gaza.

Speaking to Days of Palestine, Abu-Marzouq said: “If the Israeli occupation did not commit to its pledges in the ceasefire deal, a new round of war is inevitable.”

However, he insisted that Hamas does not desire to go for a new “destructive” war on the Gaza Strip. He stressed that his movement did not initiated the latest Israeli war on Gaza, which resulted in the death of more than 2,160 Palestinians and wounded more than 11,000 others.

The ceasefire deal remains elusive as Israeli officials have not yet disclosed the real terms they accepted in it, while Hamas says the occupation agreed to lift the siege, open crossings, expand fishing zone and give up the demand to disarm Palestinian fighters.

Many senior Israeli officials called for the Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to clarify the terms of the deal. Some of them severely criticised Netanyahu for keeping silent in this regard.

Israeli occupation did not fulfil the pledges accepted in the deal. Israeli TV Channel 10 reported two weeks ago Israeli officials close to Netanyahu saying that he decided not to fulfil the terms of the deal in order not to let Hamas get a new victory in addition to that achieved on the ground.

Abu-Marzouq recognised that the Israeli war caused some damage to Hamas, but insisted it did not receive any serious attack except the assassination of two of its veteran military commanders in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip.

He reiterated the importance to lift the siege, mainly the embargo on the construction materials, in order get rid of any possibility to go for a new war. “We do not want war, and the Israeli occupation, I guess, does not want war, too,” he said.