Hamas ‘not interested’ in escalation

Hamas says it does not want an escalation in Gaza, but is ready to fight if Israel “insists” upon it.

“Our position is clear. We are giving negotiations a chance and are not interested in escalation,” spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri says.

But, he adds, “if the occupation insists on continuing the conflict we are prepared for it. We cannot go back to the starting point and accept the continued blockade on the Gaza Strip and its residents.”

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