Hamas says PM's letters to Obama remain unanswered

GAZA CITY- Ismail Haniya, the head of the Islamist Hamas government in the Gaza Strip, has written twice to US President Barack Obama but has not received a reply, a Hamas spokesman said on Sunday.
Taher al-Nunu said Haniya had asked Obama to intervene against an Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the enclave and recognise Hamas rule as legitimate in light of its victory in the 2006 Palestinian general election.

"Prime minister Haniya asked Obama to end the siege around the Gaza Strip and on the Hamas government and to respect the result of the Palestinian elections," Nunu told AFP.
"He has received no answer from the president or his office."
Since Hamas, which is committed to the destruction of the Jewish state, violently seized power in the Gaza Strip in 2007, Israel and Egypt have imposed a tight blockade, allowing in only essential and humanitarian goods.
Hamas has carried out many deadly attacks against Israeli civilians and is blacklisted as a terrorist organisation by the United States and much of the international community.

Monday, May 10th 2010

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