Gazans pour to streets to back Hamas
- Gazans pour to streets to back Hamas
Sat, 31 Jan 2009
Palestinians wave red Turkish and green Hamas flags in a rally in
support of Hamas and its call for democracy, Jan 31, Khan Younis, Gaza
Thousands of Palestinians have poured to the streets of Gaza to show
their support for Hamas and its call for a new democratic authority.
Across the Gaza Strip, thousands took to the streets in support of Hamas
and its leader Khalid Mashaal who called for the creation of an
alternative representative authority to replace the Fatah-run
Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Press TV's correspondent
Tarek al-Farra reported from Khan Younis on Saturday.
The protesters, who were chanting slogans in support of the resistance
movement, waved Turkey's red flag alongside green Hamas banners, after
Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan stormed out of the World Economic
Forum in support of Gaza.
Erdogan walked out of the Davos forum on Friday in protest to a heated
speech by Israeli President Shimon Peres in favor of the regime's bloody
military offensive in the Gaza Strip.
The Turkish premier, who had been cut short by an American mediator when
trying to respond to Pres's remarks, received a warm welcome from the
people of Turkey upon his arrival in Ankara.
In the last days of 2008 Israel started pounding the Gaza Strip and
continued for 23 days, killing over 1330 Palestinians, injuring almost
5,500, and leaving up to 70 thousand homeless.
One of Israel's stated objectives was to topple Hamas and reduce its
popularity among the Palestinian people.
Saturday demonstrators in Khan Younis, however, said that not only had
Israel failed to bring down Hamas, but its military campaign had added
to the democratically-elected government's popularity among
"The Israeli cowards failed in this war they thought that th ey would
destroy the resistance and Hamas, but we must tell them that the
popularity of Hamas has grown more than before," said one of the
"The resistance will continue to work toward achieving its goals, which
are liberating all Palestinian prisoners, repatriating all Palestinian
refugees and completely ending the siege," he added.
Hamas Spokesman Hamid al-Rakeb talking to Press TV, Khan Younis, Gaza,
Hamas Spokesman Hamid al-Rakeb, who took part in the rally, also said
that Israel's offensive had increased Palestinians' confidence.
"The message coming out of Gaza after the war is a cry of rage against
the Israeli occupation. Gazans are holding on more to their rights and
the resistance is more confident of its ability to achieve bigger
victories in the future," al-Rakeb said in the southern city.
Hamas announced that it no longer recognized Mahmoud Abbas as the
Palestinian Authority Chief after his term expired on January 8.
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