Resistance rejects international Gaza force

leaders of ten Damascus-based Palestinian resistance factions — including Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s General Command — declared their “total refusal of any international forces or ‘observers’ in the Gaza Strip.” In a 10 January joint statement, the factions reiterated their “rejection of any security arrangements that infringe on the [Palestinian] resistance or its right to resist the [Israeli] occupation.”

Moussa Abu Marzouk, vice-president of Hamas’s political bureau, called the idea of an international force to protect Palestinian civilians in Gaza “ridiculous.”

“We’ve seen how international institutions have protected their schools and offices thus far,” he said, in a reference to the 6 January bombing of a United Nations agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) school in which some 45 people — mostly women and children — were killed by Israeli artillery. “How can they be expected to protect the Palestinian people?”

“The [Palestinian] resistance is the sole and fundamental means of defending the Palestinian people,” Abu Marzouk was quoted as saying in independent daily Egyptian Al-Masri Al-Youm on Monday, 12 January. “The resistance will not be delivered into the hands of the UN. read article

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