Gaza’s Hamas chief calls for renewed ‘resistance’ against Israel

Hamas chief Ismail Haniya spoke on the two-year anniversary of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit's release. (Reuters)

The Gaza Strip’s Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya called on Saturday for an “armed resistance” against the restarted peace talks between Israel and Palestinians, the Associated Press reported.

Haniyeh, who made the remarks in a speech marking two years since captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was exchanged for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, urged all Palestinian factions to reject the talks.

Israel and the West Bank government of President Mahmoud Abbas are currently in negotiations. The Gaza ruling Islamist militant group does not recognize Israel and calls for its destruction.

Israeli officials on Sunday said troops uncovered a tunnel running from Gaza 450 meters into Israel and allegedly intended as a springboard for attacks.

The Hamas chief has also denied reports on Saturday that his group was involved in fighting in the neighboring Egyptian Sinai or in Syria, Agence France-Presse reported.

“We did not interfere in the affairs of any country and are not involved in the events or differences or internal conflicts of any country,” Haniya said.

(With the Associated Press and AFP)

 

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