Monday, April 7, 2008

Hamas renews refusal of deployment of troops in Gaza

"GAZA, (PIC)-- The Hamas Movement has renewed its refusal to the deployment of Arab or foreign troops in Gaza, saying that such deployment would create a new problem in the Strip.

Ayman Taha, a Hamas spokesman in the Strip, said that entry of such troops into the Strip without his Movement's consent would create new problems because the step would be regarded as an intervention in internal Palestinian affairs.

Taha in a statement to Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper published on Monday ruled out that Egypt had agreed to the Israeli proposal on deployment of Arab and Egyptian forces in Gaza, adding that the news report is completely baseless.

"I don’t think Egypt would accept the deployment of its troops on the ruins of the Palestinian people who are under the yoke of Israeli occupation," He elaborated.

Meanwhile, Taha also denied that his Movement was informed of any meeting in Cairo for Palestinian factions in a bid to end the internal rift. He said that no invitation was extended to his Movement in this regard, and welcomed any such step.

He said that recent meetings between Hamas and Egyptian officials did not concentrate on inter-Palestinian differences but rather tackled a number of issues including the siege and calm along with internal dialogue.

Taha said that the discussions mainly focused on calm, adding that Hamas insisted that any calm with Israeli occupation should be comprehensive and reciprocal and also should include all Palestinian factions."

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