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Hamas: Fatah trying to drag Gaza into war with Israel

One of the leaders of Hamas Mahmoud al-Zahar delivers a speech during an event organized for the International Women's Day in Gaza City, Gaza on 8 March, 2017 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]
One of the leaders of Hamas Mahmoud al-Zahar delivers a speech during an event organized for the International Women's Day in Gaza City, Gaza on 8 March, 2017 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

Senior Hamas leader and Palestinian MP Mahmoud Al-Zahar said yesterday that people linked to Fatah have been trying to drag Gaza into a war with Israel.

Speaking in an interview with Palestine Today TV, Al-Zahar said: “These people are trying to drag the Gaza Strip into a battle with Israel by launching rockets against the national consensus,” Al-Watan Voice reported.

Al-Zahar added: “Some of these people are linked to Israel and are commissioned to drag Gaza into a battle with the Israeli occupation by launching rockets during this sensitive time.”

He continued: “These people are well-known to us. Fatah stands behind them. We have talked with their field leaders about their dangerous violation of the national consensus. Sometimes, they are arrested.”

The Hamas leader said that the Palestinian resistance in the besieged Gaza Strip follows Israeli violations of the ceasefire closely, stressing that it would never wait too long to respond to these abuses.

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