JERUSALEM (Worthy News)– As a ceasefire has been holding overnight, Hamas claimed victory in the recent conflict as Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said Palestinians would build their own airport and seaport without asking for anyone's permission to prepare for the "project of liberation" of all of Palestine.
IRAN JOINS HAMAS IN CLAIMING VICTORY
"The heroic Palestinian people have forged a new era with the victory of the resistance which has brought the Zionist regime to its knees," the Iranian foreign ministry says in a statement.
"This victory prepares the way for the final liberation of all the occupied lands, especially Quds (Jerusalem)," it says, congratulating the Palestinian people and the terrorist groups in Gaza that Iran supports.
QUARTET CALLS FOR LONG TERM PEACE AGREEMENT
"The Quartet will now concentrate on a long-term plan for Gaza and for its reconstruction, including the effective and efficient re-opening and re-connection to the outside world under the authority of the PA Government," former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said.
"Such a plan will enable a proper and decent life for the people of Gaza, as well as protect the security of the people of Israel."
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