Hamas leader rules out declaring Gaza state

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has ruled out setting up a separate Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip after his Islamists routed forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Asked if he intended to declare Gaza a state after taking control of the territory, Haniyeh said in an interview with France’s Le Figaro daily published on Saturday: “No. Gaza belongs to all the Palestinian people and not just Hamas.” Full Story

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