Friday, February 8, 2008

Hamas: We hoped that Arabs would break the siege not the legs of the besieged

"GAZA, CAIRO, (PIC)-- Hamas said that it was hoped that the Arabs would "break the siege rather than breaking legs of the besieged", in response to comments made by the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ahmad abu al-Ghait, who threatened to break the legs of Palestinians if they tried to cross the border again.

Mushir al-Masri, secretary of the Hamas parliamentary block, told PIC correspondent that he hopes that these comments do not represent an official Egyptian stand and added that the movement is in constant communication with the Egyptian brothers.

He expressed his astonishment at the statement of Abu al-Ghait saying that such comments do not reflect the mood of the Egyptian street.

Masri said that the solution is to open the Rafah crossing as a first step towards breaking the siege.

Masri also stressed that the relationship with Egypt is more deep rooted than to be influenced by such statements.

Abu al-Ghait was critical of the Palestinian resistance for continuing with an asymmetric confrontation and thus causing heavy losses on the Palestinian side, to which Masri replied that never in history has a people under occupation possessed similar resources as the occupier, but that did not stop people fighting for their freedom."

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