Sunday, August 5, 2007
"Gaza – Ma'an – Head of Haniyeh's office, Dr Mohammad Al Madhoun, said on Sunday that officials in the West Bank are responsible for deteriorating conditions and the consequences of the use of Al Awja Crossing as an entry point for the stranded Palestinians.
Al Madhoun blamed the West Bank officials for agreements which led to "the blackmailing of citizens in order to cooperate with Israeli intelligence."
Al Madhoun continued, "This is what Haniyeh's government warned of and what has happened, it seems that others are disinterested in the events at the crossing."
The head of Haniyeh's office also said that what the Palestinians are facing at the crossing is "the responsibility of those who rejected the use of the Rafah Crossing for political reasons and accept the policy of humiliation of citizens. What is happening at Al Awja is attack on the dignity of Palestinians."
Al Madhoun urged Palestinians crossing through Al Awja to report any incidents of blackmail from the Israelis to the ministry of the interior.
Some Palestinian factions reported that Israeli intelligence is using the crossing to recruit agents and collaborators, and threatening Palestinian citizens in order to do so.
Palestinians have been transported to Al Awja Crossing after an agreement to enable around 6,000 citizens stranded at Rafah Crossing to reenter Gaza. The citizens had been stranded since the closure of the crossing resulting from the recent internecine fighting in the strip.
Hamas has objected to the use of Israeli-controlled crossing points to relocate the stranded Palestinians, concerned that the Israelis would take advantage of the situation. "