Deputy Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has made clear that the group will not back down from its demand that a seaport be established in Gaza.
Haniyeh’s comments came at a sermon this past Friday in a Gaza mosque.
"The construction of a port in Gaza is the hope of the Palestinian people to break the siege on Gaza and we reiterate our adherence to this right,” he said.
“We will not back down from the seaport and we support and encourage the efforts made on this issue in order to obtain the right to force this occupier out of our land,” continued Haniyeh.
“The Gaza port has become the headline and the hope of the Palestinians to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip and put an end to the injustice which has continued for a decade,” he said.
Hamas has previously demanded a seaport in Gaza as part of its conditions for a ceasefire in Gaza, and Turkey has also made the seaport in Gaza a demand in its reconciliation talks with Israel.
Ankara is planning a $5 billion project to rebuild Gaza, with a central part of the plan to be a seaport.
Israel has firmly refused the demand due to the threat of Hamas using the seaport to smuggle in weapons, as the group has constantly been attempting to do even without the port.