Hamas: Israel's Raid on Gaza Backed Up by US

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Palestinian Hamas movement said that the ongoing Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip was the result of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the US during which he received US President Barack Obama's green light for this massacre.

Speaking to FNA on Monday, Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman said Obama has given a green light to the Zionist regime's raid on the Gaza Strip "because Obama wants to use the blood of the Palestinians and the bodies of the Palestinian children and women to win Israel's support for his US presidential campaign".

Thus, Obama needed to throw his weight behind such a dangerous Israeli attack on Gaza, he added.

He further said that the EU silence and the Arab countries' involvement with the current developments in the region also emboldened the Zionists to embark on shedding the blood of the Palestinians.

Barhoum also noted that the attack was a preemptive move by Israel before the establishment of the national unity government since Zionists knew that resistance against their regime is top on the agenda of the Palestinian national unity government.

A Palestinian teenager was killed and another Palestinian was wounded as Israel pounded Gaza Strip for a third day on Sunday.

The raid happened East of the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza early Sunday, bringing the death toll from Israeli airstrikes to 18 since Friday.

The new killing came after a series of attacks left at least 17 Palestinian dead and 30 more injured in the past three days.

One of the strikes killed the head of the Popular Resistance Committees, Zohair al-Qaisi, and fellow member Mahmud Hanani. The PRC threatened reprisals for Qaisi's death.

The Israeli military frequently bombs the Gaza Strip. The new wave of air raids is one of the deadliest periods on the Gaza-Israel border since a devastating Israeli assault in December 2008-January 2009.