Hamas wants Palestinian state in West Bank, Gaza

Reuters, Wednesday 4 May 2011

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal says the Islamist group's aim is for the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, free of settlers

Khaled Mashaal
The Damascus-based leader of Hamas Khaled Mashaal, speaks to the media during a press conference at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo (Photo: AP)

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said on Wednesday that the Islamist group wanted the establishment of an independent, sovereign Palestinian state on land of the West Bank and Gaza Strip with Jerusalem as its capital.

"Our aim is to establish a free and completely sovereign Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza Strip, whose capital is Jerusalem, without any settlers and without giving up a single inch of land and without giving up on the right of return (of Palestinian refugees)," Meshaal told a ceremony in Egypt to endorse a reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah movement.

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