Hamas says 'annexation is declaration of war'

The spokesman of the armed group of Hamas told reporters

25 June, 17:02

    GAZA - Israel's annexation plans in the West Bank are a ''declaration of war'', the spokesman of the armed group of Hamas, Abu Odeida, told reporters on Thursday.
    Hamas has been declaring for days that it is on the verge of making an announcement.
    Abu Obeida then stressed that Hamas is unwilling to soften its stance for a prisoners' exchange. Israeli authorities, he added, ''will have to release our great leaders'', including those who participated in attacks, he said. ''Israel will have to pay a complete price, whether it likes it or not'', he concluded.
    Through indirect contacts entertained with Hamas over the past months, also through Egypt, Israel has sought to recuperate, with the release of Palestinian detainees, the remains of two soldiers who died in Gaza in 2014 and two civilians who entered the Gaza Strip at their own initiative.
    There has been no news of them since then.
    Over the past few days, according to Israeli media, the army conducted several drills next to the Gaza Strip to be ready to react against a possible resumption of Palestinian rocket launches against the main cities of the country. 

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