Special report: Palestine-Israel Conflicts
TEHRAN, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Iran's President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad congratulated Hamas victory, the official IRNA news agency reported
Ahmadinejad congratulated Hamas political bureau
chief Khalid Mashaal, on "the victory of the Palestinian resistance in Gaza."
"This is the outset of the victory and the resistance
would complete it with making more achievements in the future", he told Mashaal
in a telephone contact, adding that "The occupiers' withdrawal from Gaza Strip,
removal of the Israeli blockades from the besieged area and reopening of the
border crossings would pave the grounds for a complete victory."
On Sunday, Iran's Islamic Students Society invited
Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to
Tehran to attend the feast of victory of the Palestinian resistance.
In separate letters sent to Bolivian and Venezuelan
presidents, the society invited them to attend the feast which is to be held in
"The feast will be hosted by Tehran University
celebrating the victory of the resistance of the people of Gaza during the
Zionistregime's savage attacks on the Gaza Strip", IRNA said.
After three weeks of an unprecedented Israeli air and
ground offensive on Gaza since Dec. 27, about 1,240 Palestinians were killed and
over 5,300 others wounded, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared a
unilateral ceasefire in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, beginning from 2 a.m. (0000
Hamas re-controls Gaza after 22 days of Israeli offensive
GAZA, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- The police forces that belongs to the deposed government of Islamic Hamas movement re-controlled the Gaza Strip on Monday following an end of 22-day Israeli military offensive on the enclave.
Palestinian witnesses in Gaza City said that they saw dozens of Hamas interior ministry traffic policemen standing at main streets crossroads in the city to organize the traffic. Full story