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Fatah: Hamas doesn’t want the siege on Gaza to be lifted, it is using civilian suffering as a bargaining chip to gain sympathy

Headline: “Al-Qawasmi: “Hamas wants to keep our people’s suffering in Gaza as a bargaining chip, in order to implement external agendas”
“Fatah spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi stated that Hamas, in its rejection of the factions' initiative regarding the Rafah crossing and a solution for Gaza’s problems, seeks to keep the suffering of our people in the [Gaza] Strip as a bargaining chip in its hands, through which it is striving to cut off the Gaza Strip (from the rest of Palestine) and implement external agendas.
Al-Qawasmi stated yesterday [Jan. 13, 2016] in an interview with Radio Mawtini that ‘Hamas submits proposals in response to the factions' proposal in order to delay the process…’
Al-Qawasmi added: ‘Hamas is not interested in removing the siege from the Gaza Strip. It wants to use it as an excuse, one time for negotiations with the occupation state, another time for negotiations with other countries, and in order to build a sea passageway and try to definitively cut the Gaza Strip off from the rest of the homeland.’ He clarified that opening the Rafah crossing would mean that this excuse (the siege) [parenthesis in source] would cease to exist, and then, what would draw the world’s attention towards Hamas? He added that the catastrophic humanitarian situation Hamas often speaks about is what causes a number of countries to sympathize with it.”

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