Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Gaza gov’t: Israeli raids intentionally heighten tensions

[ 17/08/2011 - 12:43 PM ]
GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian government in the Gaza Strip has said that it was interested in maintaining calm in the Strip, charging Israel with deliberately escalating military attacks.
The foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday evening that it exerted strenuous efforts and reached national consensus on maintaining calm and stability in the Strip.
However, the continued Israeli raids, which focus on civilians, display that Israel was not interested in calm and was fueling tension, the statement said.
It warned that the escalation would lead to negative repercussions, urging the world community, the UN in particular, to intervene and stop the aggression on the people of the Strip.
For his part, MP Mushir Al-Masri, the spokesman for Hamas’s parliamentary bloc, held the Israeli occupation authority fully responsible for consequences of its recent military escalation.
The Israeli aerial raids on Gaza reflect the criminal mentality of the IOA leaders, adding that the Palestinian resistance was monitoring the developments on the ground and was pondering options.

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