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UNRWA speaker in Gaza: 'There is no freedom, no dreams'

Aug. 15, 2018 3:28 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 30, 2018 1:19 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Speaker of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in the besieged Gaza Strip, Adnan Abu Hasna, released a statement on Wednesday regarding Israel lifting the severe economic sanctions imposed on Gaza.

Abu Hasna said that "people do not want to hear that Gaza will become Singapore or anything of that sort, they just want basic things -- clean water to drink, electricity for more than three hours a day."

He added "we cannot leave Gaza, there is no freedom, nothing, no dreams."

Abu Hasna's statement comes in response to the Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman's direct message to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip that "Gaza has the potential to become the Singapore of the Middle East. It will be good for the residents of Gaza, it will be good for Israel and for the entire region."

Lieberman continued to say that "no one should have any doubt: We will do everything to ensure the safety of Israeli citizens; and if Hamas turns to violence again, we will respond immediately and more harshly than in the past."

Upon order by Lieberman, Israel has reopened the Kerem Shalom crossing in the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday, and expanded the allowed fishing zone to nine nautical miles instead of three.

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