The Hamas Movement has condemned the government of Rami al-Hamdallah for its “tensive and irresponsible” statement on Gaza, saying its remarks on Tuesday were misleading and twisted facts.

The remarks made by the Ramallah-based government were a desperate attempt to cover up its role in perpetuating the crises in the Gaza Strip, strangulating it, and undermining all elements of its steadfastness and its ongoing struggle against the occupation and its Judaization and settlement schemes,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a press release.

The spokesman stressed that the government was supposed to assume its responsibilities towards the population in Gaza and positively respond to all national voices urging it to lift the sanctions on the impoverished enclave instead of justifying the punitive measures imposed by the Palestinian Authority.