Hamas not seeking conflict with Israel, leader…


In fact, Al-Zahar seemed somewhat miffed that his interviewer suggested that the Gaza protests were "peaceful".

In a video translate by MEMRI, the senior Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahnhar said on Al-Jazeera Network Sunday that the "resistance" was not peaceful at all. "So when we talk about 'peaceful resistance, ' we are deceiving the public".

"As for (Fatah's) 'peaceful resistance, ' it consists of rallies, demonstrations, protests, pleas and requests in order to improve the terms of the negotiations, or to enable talks with the Israeli enemy", he said. The campaign was launched in March with the aim of pressuring Israel to allow Palestinian refugees of Israel's 1948 Independence War and their five million descendants into Israel.

Earlier on Tuesday, a spokesman for the Palestinian Health Ministry told Sputnik that Israeli forces killed 61 Palestinians in clashes in Gaza on Monday and wounded more than 2,700 others.

Around 40,000 Palestinians participated in the riots on Monday, when the USA opened its embassy in Jerusalem. Some demonstrators were filmed throwing rocks and firebombs, burning tires, and flying flaming kites into Israeli territory.

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Recall that during the first half of Monday's riots killed more than 60 residents of Gaza, including 24 militants of HAMAS and "Islamic Jihad".

Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in Gaza, said Wednesday the terrorist organization is "not interested in a military conflict" with Israel.

The goal of these riots is one; storming the security fence between Gaza and Israel to attack Israeli civilians. Yet a number of governments have raised concern about Israel's use of force on the Gaza border, with Turkey and South Africa recalling their ambassadors and others requesting an worldwide probe.

In a Friday sermon two weeks ago, Mahmoud Habbash, a senior adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, lambasted Hamas for sending children to the Gaza border to violently confront Israeli soldiers.

"Let them wait for our big push", he said at a protest east of Khan Younis.