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Hamas hails Arab Summit declaration of ‘unwavering Arab support’ for Palestinian liberation, independence

May 16, 2024 at 8:05 pm

Leaders pose for a family photo as they attend the 33rd Arab League Summit in Manama, Bahrain on 16 May, 2024 [Qatar Amiri Diwan/Anadolu Agency ]

Palestinian Resistance group, Hamas, hailed a declaration, Thursday, by the Arab Summit in Bahrain of “the unwavering Arab support for our people’s aspirations for liberation and independence”, Anadolu Agency reports.

The group commended the Summit’s condemnation of “the Israeli aggression and attempts to displace our people through genocidal war and ethnic cleansing in Gaza.”

Hamas also urged Arab nations “to take the necessary actions to compel Israel to stop its aggression, withdraw its army completely from Gaza, including the Rafah Crossing, lift the blockade, facilitate the return of displaced persons and support reconstruction efforts.”

The annual Arab Summit in Bahrain, on Thursday, demanded an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and proposed an international peace conference in the Middle East.

The Israeli army launched a ground offensive on 6 May in Rafah, home to 1.5 million displaced Palestinians. The UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees, (UNRWA), estimates around 600,000 people have fled the city since the start of Israeli operations in early May.

Israel continued its brutal offensive on Gaza despite a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in the enclave.

More than 35,200 Palestinians have since been killed, the vast majority of whom have been women and children, and over 79,200 injured since early October following an attack by Hamas.

More than seven months into the Israeli war, vast swathes of Gaza lay in ruins amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water and medicine.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which, in January, issued an interim ruling that ordered it to stop genocidal acts and take measures to guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians in Gaza.

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