Hamas slams Israel, says blockade on Gaza is political
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    GAZA, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic Hamas movement on Friday slammed Israeli decision to keep the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip even after captive Israeli soldier in Gaza is getting released, saying the blockade is political.

    Israel and Hamas movement are holding talks through German mediators to finalize a prisoners' swap deal and release Shalit for around 1,000 Palestinian prisoners that Hamas is demanding their release.

    Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman in Gaza told Xinhua that the Israeli position to keep more than three years of blockade on the Gaza Strip has nothing to do with the swap deal, adding, "it is completely political."

    "This siege is imposed on the Gaza Strip because Hamas won in the legislative elections in 2006, and apparently this siege has nothing to do with the deal to release the Israeli soldier," said Abu Zuhri.

    Hamas conditions to include the end of 3-year blockade Israel has been imposing on the Gaza Strip with the release of Shalit and hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

    "The Israeli decision is part of the ongoing Israeli military aggression on the Palestinian people. The international community should carry its responsibility to end it," said Abu Zuhri, adding "Hamas would never surrender or give up."

    Asked about the influence of the Israeli decision to keep the blocked on Gaza on the indirect talks to finalize the prisoners deal, he said "Hamas would study this situation and would make its evaluations."

    Earlier on Friday, Israeli Ha'aretz Daily reported that Israel is not intending to end the blockade it imposes on the Gaza Strip even after the release of Shalit, but said it would ease it for humanitarian reasons.

    Israel has been imposing a blockade on the Gaza Strip since Hamas won in the legislative elections in 2006, then it tightened it after Shalit was abducted and then was extremely tightened after Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007.

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Editor: Han Jingjing
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