Hamas slams US for listing leader among world terrorists

The Islamic Hamas movement condemned on Saturday the decision of the US State Department to include one of its top leaders in the Gaza Strip, Fathi Hammad, in its list of world terrorists.

"As Israel escalates its assaults on our people in the West Bank and Jerusalem, the American Administration, which backs the Israeli occupation, puts me on the so-called world’s terrorists’ list," Hammad said in an e-mailed press statement.

"The American Administration is the biggest supporter to the Zionist terrorism," said Hammad, referring to Israel.

"This decision biased to the occupation is an additional black page in the book of the American Administration with bad reputation."

He insisted that such decisions "would never terrify us and never break our determination to serve our people and defend their just rights whatever the price is," adding "dying for the sake of Allah [God] is our climax goal."

Hammad is considered one of the most prominent leaders of the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip. Hamas has been ruling the Gaza Strip since violently seizing control of the territory in 2007.

The American decision "is a crucial and dangerous development that shows the American Administration biased towards the Israeli occupation," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a press statement.

According to a CNN report, the US State Department considered Hammad one of the top world terrorists who threatens the security of the American citizens and the national Security of the US, as well as the country's economic and foreign affairs.

Hammad was the interior minister of the Hamas government that ruled the Gaza Strip before the formation of the Palestinian consensus government in June 2014.

He is also the founder of Hamas satellite channel Al-Aqsa Television, which educates and recruits teenagers to become militants and suicide bombers when they grow up, according to the CNN report.

Last update: Sat, 17/09/2016 - 11:28
Author: 

More from World

Western arms firms keep lead role in global sales

Defence firms in the United States and Western Europe dominated global arms sales in 2015, but sales by companies in...

Trump's talk with Taiwan leader only a "courtesy call," Pence says

US vice president-elect Mike Pence on Sunday brushed off the uproar surrounding Donald Trump's telephone...

Uzbekistan's Mirziyoyev, likely successor of deceased longtime ruler

Shavkat Mirziyoyev, prime minister of the authoritarian, former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan for 13 years and...

30 bodies recovered from wreckage of California warehouse fire

The number of confirmed dead in a California warehouse fire has risen to 30, investigators said after recovering...

US releases another Guantanamo Bay prisoner, leaving 59 at facility

The United States has released a detainee from its prison at Guantanamo Bay, leaving 59 prisoners at the Cuban...