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Hamas rules out declaring Palestinian state in Gaza

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Hamas rules out declaring Palestinian state in Gaza


Palestinians have been seen trying to cross from Gaza into Israel via the Erez crossing. Israel says it opened up the border to some people for humanitarian reasons, but it was later closed. Since the fall of Gaza to Hamas, it is reported Israel has allowed some senior Fatah officials to pass through Erez. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has ruled out the setting up of a separate Palestinian state in Gaza, despite being sacked from government.

Life has begun to return to normal on the streets of Gaza, and civil servants have been resuming work. Feelings are mixed among residents though. “We badly needed to end these actions and support the oppressed,” said one man. “So, we feel safer than before.” Another resident said: “These circumstances are not in the interests of the Palestinian people or the Palestinian issue: Both sides are losers.”

While some people in Gaza stock up on essential items, Haniyeh is promising to restore security to the territory, urging everyone to show restraint.

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