The Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas has today assured that it will not deviate even “a cent” from international aid to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, promising a “transparent and impartial” process after a war with Israel has devastated the enclave.
On Friday a ceasefire between Hamas, in power in Gaza, and Israel came into force, after 11 days of a conflict that killed more than 250 people, the vast majority of them Palestinians.
Diplomatic efforts are intensifying to consolidate the fragile truce and aid for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, where numerous buildings have been destroyed and much infrastructure has been damaged by Israeli bombings.
We welcome any international or Arab effort to rebuild the Gaza Strip ”, Yahya Sinwar, the head of the Islamic movement’s political office in Gaza, said today at a press conference.
We will ensure that the process is transparent and impartial. (…) I affirm our commitment not to take even one cent for reconstruction and humanitarian operations, we have never taken a cent in the past ”, he stated.
On Tuesday in Jerusalem, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he wanted to prevent Hamas – considered a terrorist organization by the United States, Israel and the European Union – from “benefiting” from aid for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. .
Israel, which has imposed a land, sea and air blockade on the Palestinian enclave for almost 15 years, accuses the armed group of embezzling international aid for military purposes and said it wants an international “mechanism” to circumvent it in sending aid.
Blinken confirmed in a statement that the United States is “providing” aid of “more than $ 360 million (293 million euros)” to the Palestinians, including 38 million (31 million euros) of humanitarian aid.
The latest conflict between Hamas and Israel, the fourth war since 2008, began on the 10th with the launch of rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israeli territory in solidarity with hundreds of Palestinians wounded in several days of clashes with the police at the Esplanade of the Mosques in East Jerusalem.
At the origin of the clashes was also the threat of expulsion of Palestinian families for the benefit of Israeli settlers from a West Jerusalem neighborhood, the Palestinian area of the city, occupied and annexed by Israel, but which the Palestinians want to see as the capital of a future state.