Member of the Hamas political bureau, Salah al-Bardawil, warned on Friday that tightening the blockade on the Gaza Strip will backfire on Israel, rejecting the threats by the Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas to take “unprecedented” steps against Gaza.
During his speech in a demonstration organized by Hamas Movement after Friday prayer in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, condemning the blockade and the conspiracies plotted against Gaza, Bardawil said, “The new conspiracy hatched against the Gaza Strip will not succeed.”
Abbas announced in a speech in Bahrain that he is going to take “unprecedented” measures against the Gaza Strip. This statement came in conjunction with other statements by Fatah leaders demanding Hamas to hand over the coastal enclave; otherwise punitive measures will be taken against its residents.
This came few days after the PA government imposed deductions ranging from 30%-50% on the salaries of the PA employees in the Gaza Strip.
Bardawil renewed Hamas’s readiness to comply with the reconciliation agreements and dissolve the Administrative Committee in the Gaza Strip once the PA government, led by Rami Hamdallah, assumes its responsibilities toward Gaza.
He stressed that his Movement will not succumb to the political pressure, especially that imposed by the US administration which seeks to stir internal divisions among the Palestinian parties.
Thousands of Gazan citizens participated in the demonstration and waved Palestinian flags and banners denouncing the siege and demanding Abbas to leave office.