British MP Hands Aid, Vehicles to Hamas Government
    2009-03-10 21:34:40     Xinhua      Web Editor: Qin Mei

British lawmaker George Galloway gave thousands of pounds of aid and tens of vehicles to Hamas government of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, a day after his convoy arrived.

"We are giving you now 100 vehicles and all of their contents... We are giving them to the elected government of Palestine," Galloway said during a welcome celebration Hamas organized in Gaza city.

The convoy included 12 ambulances and a fire engine, carrying aid worth more than 1 million pounds (some 1.4 million U.S. dollars). Activists carried food, medicine and toys for the people of Gaza.

The aid and the keys of the vehicles were handed to Economy Minister of the sacked Palestinian unity government Ziad al-Zaza.

Galloway hailed deposed Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haneya, describing him as the prime minister of Palestine.

Meanwhile, Hamas and Abbas' Fatah movement resumed reconciliation talks in Cairo to continue an inter-Palestinian national unity dialogue which started late February under the sponsorship of Egypt.

Hamas has been controlling Gaza since it routed security forces loyal to the Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007.

Since then, Israel and Hamas have spent most of the time fighting and observed an Egyptian-brokered six-month ceasefire in June 2008.

Last December, Israel launched a 22-day offensive on Gaza, killing nearly 1,300 Palestinians and demolishing thousands of homes and public institutions.

International donors have pledged 4.481 billion dollars of fund to shore up the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, but the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) dominant in the West Bank and Hamas have each insisted on leading the rebuilding effort.


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