Publish dateMonday 24 December 2018 - 11:10
Story Code : 176512
Great March of Return protests to continue until end of Gaza siege: Hamas
A senior official of the Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, says Palestinians will continue the Great March of Return rallies until the end of the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip.
AVA- Mahmoud al-Zahar, a co-founder of Hamas and a member of its leadership in the Gaza Strip, made the remarks in a Sunday interview with Iran’s Al-Alam News Network in Tehran.
He said the anti-occupation rallies, known as the “Great March of Return," have produced important results, and will not be stopped before the Zionist regime’s siege on the enclave is lifted.
Tensions have been running high near the fence separating Gaza from the occupied territories since March 30, which marked the start of the protests.
Palestinian protesters demand the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.
The clashes in Gaza reached their peak on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day, or the Day of Catastrophe, which coincided this year with Washington's relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.
More than 220 Palestinians have so far been killed and over 20,000 others wounded in the renewed Gaza clashes, according to the latest figures released by the Gaza Health Ministry.
Gaza has been under Zionist siege since June 2007, causing a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented unemployment and poverty.
Friday to be decisive day for Zionists
The military wings of Hamas warned in a joint statement on Sunday that the coming Friday will be “decisive” in determining their response to the killing of four people during recent border protests.
The groups declared they had prepared retaliation steps, and that their use will be dependent upon regime’s policy.
It will be “a decisive day in examining the Zionist enemy’s behavior and intentions toward our people in the March of Return,” the Sunday statement said.
The deaths were “a total crime and clear recklessness by the Zionist enemy,” which has “crossed red lines,” they continued, as reported by Zionist media.
“Regarding these crimes, the resistance will not act lightly with the enemy and stand by idly,” the statement warned.
The statement came after several Palestinians, including a teenage, were shot dead by Zionist fire and nearly fifty others sustained injuries during the latest Great March of Return protests in Gaza.
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