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Hamas orders supplies to test Israel's 'siege'
on Gaza Strip

GAZA CITY — The Hamas regime, emboldened by improved relations with Egypt, has been ordering supplies from abroad.


Palestinian sources said the Hamas regime was arranging for ships to transport supplies to the Gaza Strip in a test of Israel's siege. They said several ships were scheduled to arrive as part of humanitarian aid from Europe and Asia over the next three months, Middle East Newsline reported.

"There is a concerted drive to break the siege," a Palestinian source familiar with Hamas policy said.

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Earlier this month, Hamas ordered the delivery of sewage pipes from Malaysia. The shipment came on a Malaysian-chartered ship that left Egypt's El Arish and came within 300 meters of the coast of the Gaza Strip.

The Israel Navy fired warnings shots toward the Malaysian ship, and it turned back. No injuries were reported.

The sources said Hamas was arranging with supporters in such countries as Britain, Malaysia and Turkey to organize supply ships to the Gaza Strip. In mid-June, a flotilla of ships was expected to try to break the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip, imposed in 2007 when Hamas ousted the Palestinian Authority.

The Israel Law Center, which works with the government, has threatened insurers that they could be sued for facilitating ships to the Gaza Strip. The leading martime insurer, Lloyd's of London, has already said it would not insure ships destined for the Gaza Strip.

"Hamas is subject to UK and EU [European Union] terrorist financing sanctions," Lloyd's said. "As such, any vessel identified as being owned or controlled by that organisation would not be permitted to be insured by Lloyd's, or any other EU insurer."

On May 28, Egypt opened its border with the Gaza Strip on a permanent basis. Under the arrangement, the first since the Hamas takeover, Palestinians would be allowed to cross into Egypt's Sinai Peninsula without visas at the Rafah border terminal. The terminal, which does not include European Union monitors, was scheduled to remain open seven days a week.

"This has been a tremendous boost to Hamas credibility, and now it will try to break the sea blockade by Israel," the Palestinian source said.


No need to test Israel. We know they will protect themselves

Eric Siverson      12:19 a.m. / Monday, May 30, 2011

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