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US calls for UNSC to blacklist Hamas

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (C) attends the UN Security Council meeting on 2 June 2017 [Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency]
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (C) attends the UN Security Council meeting on 2 June 2017 [Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency]

American Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Tuesday asked the UN Security Council to blacklist Hamas, accusing it of being a "terrorist" organisation that puts the lives of people "at risk".

Briefing the council on the situation in the Middle East, Haley said: "Hamas is one of these forces of terror."

She dedicated most of her briefing to prove that Hamas is a terrorist organisation that puts the lives of both Palestinians and Israelis at stake.

Hamas remains a terrorist organisation bent on Israel's destruction… Its goal is to defeat Israel by force. It will use all the resources it can to continue the fight.

Calling for the UNSC to act against Hamas, she said: "This Security Council must stand up to condemn Hamas' terror. Hamas represents yet another regional threat that this council far too often ignores."

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She added: "The Security Council must unite to say that enough is enough. We need to pressure Hamas to end its tyranny over the people of Gaza. We should condemn Hamas in this council's resolutions and statements."

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"We should name Hamas as the group responsible when rockets are fired from Gaza, or when fresh tunnels are discovered. And we should designate Hamas as a terrorist organisation in a resolution, with consequences for anyone who continues to support it."

The American ambassador, who said the time to criticise Israel had come to an end, said: "Together, we can show Hamas that their terrorist tactics will only lead to more isolation. Together, we can show Hamas that their terrorist tactics will fail. So we should act now."

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