Gazans to keep up anti-occupation ral­lies un­til end of Is­raeli siege: Haniyeh Is­rael sus­pends fuel de­liv­ery

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A Pales­tinian of­fi­cial said the weekly anti-is­rael ral­lies will con­tinue as long as the Gaza Strip re­mains un­der siege.

The leader of the Pales­tinian re­sis­tance move­ment of Ha­mas, Is­mail Haniyeh, said on Satur­day that Pales­tini­ans will not stop the Great March of Re­turn protests un­til a decade-long Is­raeli block­ade on Gaza is lifted com­pletely, Press Tv re­ported.

He was speaking at a funeral of Pales­tini­ans who were killed by Is­raeli forces along the Gaza fence a day ear­lier.

Pales­tinian mourn­ers across the Gaza Strip held fu­ner­als for seven protesters killed by Is­raeli forces dur­ing the weekly ral­lies on Fri­day.

Gaza health of­fi­cials said seven Pales­tini­ans were killed and 140 peo­ple wounded by Is­raeli forces dur­ing weekly protests on Fri­day.

It said four died along the fron­tier east of Al-bureij in cen­tral Gaza, two east of Gaza City and one near Rafah in south­ern Gaza.

It named one of those killed as Mo­hammed Ab­bas, who was shot in the head, AFP re­ported. Gaza Health Min­istry said all the vic­tims were males aged be­tween 17 and 29. Ten­sions have been run­ning high near the fence since March 30, which marked the start of a se­ries of protests dubbed “The Great March of Re­turn.” Pales­tinian protesters de­mand the right to re­turn for those driven out of their home­land.

At least 205 Pales­tini­ans have been killed by Is­raeli fire in Gaza since protests be­gan on March 30.

The Gaza Strip has been un­der an Is­raeli siege since June 2007. The block­ade has caused a de­cline in the stan­dards of liv­ing as well as un­prece­dented lev­els of un­em­ploy­ment and un­re­lent­ing poverty.

The Is­rael de­nies about 1.8 mil­lion peo­ple in Gaza their basic rights, such as free­dom of move­ment, jobs with proper wages as well as ad­e­quate health care and ed­u­ca­tion.

Fuel de­liv­ery sus­pended

In its lat­est move against Gazans, Is­rael sus­pended fuel de­liv­er­ies to Gaza on Fri­day in re­sponse to what it called at­tacks against Is­raeli troop­ers and set­tlers that left seven Pales­tini­ans dead.

Is­raeli De­fense Min­is­ter Avig­dor Lieber­man or­dered de­liv­er­ies of fuel to the Pales­tinian en­clave be sus­pended, AFP re­ported.

“Fol­low­ing the se­ri­ous of in­ci­dents in the Gaza Strip, the de­fense min­istry or­ders the im­me­di­ate halt to the de­liv­ery of fuel” to the area, he said in a state­ment.

The sus­pen­sion came just days af­ter a United Na­tions-bro­kered deal to sup­ply the ter­ri­tory with Qatari-bought fuel came into ef­fect.

The terms of the deal saw Doha, a long­time Ha­mas backer, pledge to pay $60 mil­lion (52 mil­lion eu­ros) for fuel to be brought into Gaza over six months to sup­ply the strip’s sole power plant.

In a rare in­ter­view re­cently, Ha­mas Gaza head Yahya Sin­war en­cour­aged world pow­ers to work with it to ease suf­fer­ing in the strip.

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