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Hamas says France peace conference a ‘waste of time’

Crowds of Hamas supporters walk through Gaza with flags
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Hamas said it rejects the France-sponsored international peace conference between the Palestinians and the Israelis, which is scheduled to take place on May 30 in Paris.

“We consider it a waste of time and a free service for the Israeli government that continues its daily violations against the Palestinians,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Anadolu Agency on Saturday.

Abu Zuhri also warned against agreeing to any deal that would harm the Palestinians and their national interests.

In March, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas affirmed his support for the French proposal.

Peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators collapsed in April 2014 over Israel’s refusal to release a group of Palestinian political prisoners despite earlier pledges to do so.

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