Top EU official: Hamas bears full responsibility for Gaza war
Hamas bears full responsibility for the war in Gaza, a top EU official said Monday in the Strip, calling the group "a terrorist movement."
Palestinian students stand in a damaged classroom at the Balqis school for girls in Gaza City on Monday.
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"At this time we have to also recall the overwhelming responsibility of Hamas," Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, told reporters.
"I intentionally say this here - Hamas is a terrorist movement and it has to be denounced as such," Michel said as he visited the town of Jabalya in northern Gaza.
"Public opinion is fed up to see that we are paying over and over again - be it the (European) commission, the member states or the major donors - for infrastructure that will be systematically destroyed," he said.
Michel announced that the EU would transfer 59 million euros to the Palestinians, half of which would go to Gaza organizations and to rest to the West Bank and to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
He stressed that the funds would not be transferred via Hamas.