Archive for the 'Gaza' Category

Haniyeh stresses commitment to Egyptian-brokered truce, upholds right to resist

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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On the re-enforcement of the ceasefire between the resistance factions and the Israeli occupation, Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh stated the following:

The Palestinian resistance has defended the Palestinian people against the Israeli aggression. Once again, the Palestinians have embraced the option of resistance with patience and pride.

We stress that the resistance will abide by the ceasefire agreement as long as the Israeli occupation adheres to the Egyptian-brokered truce.

Ismail Haniyeh

Head of Hamas Political Bureau

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Top Hamas leader attends funeral of Palestinians killed in covert Israeli raid

HAMAS

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The head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh attended the funeral of seven Palestinians killed late Sunday during an Israeli clandestine operation in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis.

Haniyeh extended his condolences to the families and relatives of the martyrs.

Thousands more Palestinians also mourned their deaths.

The seven were killed when members of the Israeli special forces infiltrated into Gaza late Sunday in a civilian car and engaged in an exchange of fire with the Palestinian resistance, who tried to thwart the attack.

During the exchange of fire Israeli aircraft fired more than 40 missiles onto the area where the incident took place, killing at least another four persons, witnesses said.

Latest Israeli aggression on Gaza exposes Israeli occupation’s hypocrisy

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

Musa AbuMarzouq, Senior Member of Hamas Political Bureau

Musa AbuMarzouq, Senior Member of Hamas Political Bureau

The Israeli aggression on Khan Younis in southern Gaza last night proved that the Israeli occupation does not abide by any agreements, member of Hamas Political Bureau Musa AbuMarzouq said.

On his Twitter account AbuMarzouq said this attack on Gaza exposed the Israeli occupation’s hypocritical behaviour towards the international community.

Abu Marzouq hailed the Palestinian resistance for repulsing the cowardly Israeli aggression on Gaza.

Israeli occupation forces killed seven Palestinians and wounded seven others late Sunday, after Israeli special forces infiltrated the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported.

Joint Hamas, Islamic Jihad press release on current developments

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS and Islamic Jihad

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Following a lengthy meeting between Hamas and Islamic Jihad held yesterday in Gaza to discuss the Palestinian situation and relevant developments, the two movements state the following:

First: The two parties confirm that they maintain a rock-solid relationship and they will continue their coordination and cooperation at the political and military levels.

Second: Hamas and Jihad will protect the option of resistance and activate the Joint Operation Room of the Palestinian Resistance Factions.

Third: We stress that the Great Return March will continue until meeting demands of the Palestinian Higher Committee for the march. Moreover, the peaceful protests will remain popular and non-violent.

Fourth: Hamas and Jihad hail the endeavours of Egypt, Qatar, and the UN to alleviate the plight of the Gaza Strip and remove the Israeli blockade. The two parties welcome all these efforts and are working together, along with the other factions, to help these efforts succeed.

Fifth: The two parties hail the high level of understanding and cooperation among the Palestinian factions that have been enhanced through the Great Return March. Hamas and Jihad will utilize this ‘atmosphere of unity’ to achieve gains and serve the interests of the Palestinian people.

Sixth: The two parties reaffirm the necessity to restore Palestinian unity and heal the Palestinian rift, based on a unified stance to fight off all Palestinian threats. Achieving this goal requires the implementation of the already-signed agreements, especially Cairo 2011, and forming a Palestinian unity government that will prepare for Palestinian general elections and for holding a consensual National Council, according to the recommendations of Beirut Conference.

Seventh: We call for immediate lifting of all punitive measure imposed by the Palestinian Authority on the beleaguered Gaza Strip, and for the PA not to implement any further measures that will worsen the dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, as such a move is enough to widen the Palestinian split and fragment the social fabric in Palestine.

Eighth: Hamas and Jihad warn against plunging into normalization with the Israeli occupation resulting in horrific outcomes for the Palestinian cause. Therefore, all parties should stop all forms of normalization and reactivate an official and popular boycott.

Ninth: We urge all free people of the world to take action to fight off all attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause, above all the so-called “Deal of the Century.”

Tenth: Hamas and Jihad hail all efforts, popular and official, aimed to foil Israeli schemes in Palestine, especially in Khan al-Ahmar.

Hamas Movement

Islamic Jihad Movement

Friday, 2 November 2018

Hamas warns against undermining reconciliation and ceasefire, Great Return March to continue

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Member of Hamas Political Bureau Husam Badran today warned against efforts exerted by the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to foil the Egyptian endeavors aimed at restoring reconciliation and healing the internal rift.

“The policies of Abbas have hindered reconciliation and achieved nothing on the ground,” Badran said.

He explained that Abbas’ insistence on isolating all factions and monopolizing national decision-making has undermined Egypt’s efforts to restore national unity. Read more »

Gaza: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

By Julie Webb-Pullman

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Trapped between the Zionist colonial – nay, genocidal – project on one side, and the Mediterranean on the other, the people of Gaza have literally only one option – to resist.

Illegally blockaded for 11 years, illegally occupied for 70, illegally assaulted militarily three times in the past 10, there is little left in Gaza but sheer human determination.

Determination to return to the lands stolen from under their feet in 1948 by the Zionist project, aided and abetted by the British, and by the fledgling United Nations – in breach of Article 2 of its own Charter.

Determination to end a criminal blockade that has destroyed any semblance of a functioning economy, destroyed any prospects of employment for 80% of its youth, destroyed maintenance let alone advancement of medicine, technology, agriculture, fisheries, industry, and manufacturing.

Determination to survive despite three brutal military offensives that destroyed most infrastructure – power plant, water wells, sewage treatment stations, factories, roads, hospitals and clinics (yes, Israel bombs hospitals full of patients), and schools (yes, Israel bombs schools full of refugees as well as schools full of children) – and despite the founding of an International Criminal Court to “end impunity” for such crimes.

No family in Gaza has been left unscathed: every family has lost loved ones to Israeli bars, bullets, bombs or barbarity. Some families have been entirely erased from the face of the earth. All Gaza’s families want the same thing: to live in dignity and prosperity in their own land.

They have tried literally everything.

Even peaceful demonstrations in their own country are met with live fire from across the fence, chemical weapons launched from sovereignty-breaching drones– and facile mealy-mouthed reprimands from the international bodies charged with upholding human rights and international law on whom they should be able to rely – but cannot, as history has so severely taught them.

This 70 year lesson has not been lost, even if almost everything else has been.

Today Gazans understand only too well what their options are.

So, too, must a world that has played a large part in cornering this cat. What transpires in Gaza today will be the logical – if completely avoidable – outcome of a century of imperialism and impunity.

And it will not end until they do.

As Fidel Castro said at his trial on 16 October 1953, almost exactly 65 years ago: “It is not with blood that you can pay for the lives of those who died for the wellbeing of a people; the happiness of that people is the only deserving price that can be paid for them. Moreover, my comrades are not forgotten nor dead; they live today more than ever and their murderers will see in terror how from their heroic corpses the victorious specter of their ideas rise.”

You will see them at the fence today.

PCHR: Serious escalation in use of lethal force against Gaza protestors by Israeli forces

PRESS RELEASE
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

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On Friday afternoon, 12 October 2018, using excessive force against the peaceful protesters in the eastern Gaza Strip for the 29th Friday in a row, Israeli forces killed seven Palestinian civilians, including a child, and wounded 224 others, including 42 children, three women, three journalists, and a paramedic with live bullets and direct tear gas canisters. Sixteen of the wounded sustained serious injuries.

According to PCHR fieldworkers’ observations, the border area witnessed heavy deployment of the Israeli forces this week as the latter heavily fired live bullets, increasing the number of causalities.

The Israeli forces continued to use upon highest military and political echelons excessive force against the peaceful demonstrators who posed no threat or danger to the life of Israeli soldiers in the areas of demonstrations.

Investigations and observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers emphasize that the demonstrations in all areas were as always fully peaceful, and neither weapons nor armed persons were seen. However, the Israeli forces’ snipers continued to position on the hills, behind the sand berms and in military jeeps along the border fence. Read more »

Hamas consults Palestinian factions on political developments

HAMAS

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The Resistance Movement Hamas has conducted a series of meetings and consultations with a number of Palestinian factions on Wednesday and Thursday in the movement’s office in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas has discussed with the Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian National Front, the Palestinian Popular Front, and the Palestinian National Initiative many current political developments including the Great Return March, the endeavors to lift the Israeli blockade, and the ways to handle the challenges of the Palestinian cause.

The meetings’ agenda also included the restoration of the national unity in the basis of comprehensive partnership, and all the parties reciprocated understanding and showed their preparedness to maintain the Palestinian national interests.

Hamas also briefed the Palestinian factions on its visit to Cairo and meetings with the Egyptian officials.

Hamas thanks Qatar for Gaza aid

HAMAS

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The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas extended its heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Qatar and the Qatar Fund for Development for announcing that they plan to provide $150 million of urgent humanitarian aid to the beleaguered people in the Gaza Strip .

On his Twitter account, the member of Hamas Political Bureau Ez’zt al-Rasheq expressed the movement’s “sincere thanks to the Qatari Emir, government, and people for supporting the Palestinian people.” He appreciated the Qatar Fund for Development’s announcement that they are going to send $150 million as urgent humanitarian assistance to the blockaded Gaza.

The Hamas leader noted that such a move aims to “alleviate the dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip that has been under Israeli siege for more than 12 years.”

Good neighbours fill PA-created vacuum in Gaza

HAMAS

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Neighboring countries have stepped forward to plug the gap left by the Palestinian Authority in Gaza, without demanding a political price in return, Hamas leader Easm al-Da’alis said today.

On his Twitter account al-Da’alis wrote, “When the Palestinian Authority abdicated its responsibility towards the Palestinian people in Gaza and aggravated their suffering by imposing sanctions and threatening to take more punitive measures against the coastal territory, the free people of the world took a step forward to mitigate the deteriorating situation in the coastal enclave.”

Al-Da’alis noted that Qatar, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Morocco and others filled the vacuum with no strings attached, adding that such a move came in solidarity with the Palestinian people and their cause.

Three shipments of the Qatar-funded fuel were allowed entry into the Gaza Strip to supply the sole power plant in the enclave.

The truckload of the fuel entered the besieged territory on Tuesday afternoon via the Kerem Shalom (Karm Abu Salem) border crossing as part of a deal reached during the New York Donors Conference that allows Qatar to fund part of the fuel needed for operating the Gaza power plant.

UN expert condemns killing of more Palestinian protesters

PRESS RELEASE
UNHR Special Procedures

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The killing and wounding of more Palestinian protesters at the Gaza fence by the Israeli security forces is an ongoing affront to human rights and human dignity, said a UN human rights expert.

“The deaths of seven more participants in the Gaza demonstrations, and the wounding of more than 200 others, this past Friday indicates that the Israeli security forces are not heeding the international criticism of their use of lethal fire against Palestinian demonstrators, who appear to pose no credible threat to Israeli security forces,” said Michael Lynk, the UN Special Rapporteur for the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Two of the Palestinians killed on Friday were boys aged 11 and 14. One Gaza-based human rights group, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, estimates that 163 of the injured demonstrators were shot with live fire.

Since the start of the Great March of Return on 30 March, more than 150 Palestinians have been killed during demonstrations near the Gaza fence by the Israeli security forces. More than 10,000 demonstrators have been wounded during this period, more than half of them by live fire. A number of the wounded have suffered devastating and life-long injuries.

“International human rights law imposes strict obligations on the use of force by law enforcement officials,” said Lynk. “Lethal force against demonstrators is absolutely forbidden unless strictly unavoidable in the case of an imminent threat to life or threat of serious injury. Many of those killed and wounded appear to have presented no such imminent threat.

“As I have said in previous statements regarding the recent violence at the Gaza fence, the killing and wounding of demonstrators, in the absence of any strictly-measured justification, and within the context of occupation, may amount to willful killing, which is both a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and a war crime. It is also a serious violation of international human rights law and its protections for the rights to freedom of expression and assembly.”

The Special Rapporteur expressed hope that the recently-appointed UN Commission of Inquiry will be able to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the deaths and injuries in Gaza over the past six months. “Accountability is paramount in the global quest to advance human rights and to bring perpetrators to justice in accordance with the rule of law,” Lynk said.

Islamic Jihad announces organisational election results

PRESS RELEASE
Islamic Jihad Movement of Palestine

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Islamic Jihad Movement of Palestine announces the results of the internal elections of the Movement.

Ziad Al-Nakhla is the new Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad Movement of Palestine (PIJ), replacing Dr. Ramadan Shalah.

Nine members were elected to the political bureau:
1. Akram Ajouri
2. Mohammed Al-Hindi
3. Yousef Al-Hasayneh
4. Walid Al-Qatati
5. Mohammed Hamid
6. Anwar Abu Taha
7. Abdul Aziz Al-Minawi
8. Nafez Azzam
9. Khaled Al-Batsh.

Participation in the vote was 99.3%.

Following announcement of the election results, spokesman for the Islamic Jihad Movement, Daoud Shehab, greeted all martyrs of the cause and martyrs of the return marches and prisoners and leaders of the captive movement.

“We are determined to continue the March of Return until the siege is lifted,” he said.

“Islamic Jihad Movement is still keen to promote the atmosphere of democracy in order to achieve unity.”

The internal election procedures of the Islamic Jihad movement began more than a year ago, under the supervision of the Secretary General Dr Ramadan Abdullah.

Hamas on Abbas’ speech to UNGA

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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Hamas considers the speech of Mahmoud Abbas to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday evening to have been pointless repetition, thus highlighting the failures of his policies and his inability to predict others’ behavior despite warnings from the Palestinian factions and others.

In his speech, Abbas merely repeated his demands to the international community, complained about the negligence of the U.S. administration and its bias, and expressed his upset over the Israeli Occupation refusal to fulfill its due commitments made through PA-Israeli Occupation agreements, which has led to catastrophic consequences for the Palestinian cause.

Indeed, the Abbas speech is an explicit announcement of both the failure of his policies, and a straightforward confession that the path of ‘negotiations’ will never bring about just solutions or any gains for the Palestinian people.

Regarding the borders of the Israeli Occupation, Abbas should have posed that question before entering into the Oslo Accords and recognizing the Israeli Occupation.

Abbas completely ignored the Great March of Return in his speech, and the great sacrifice the Palestinian people make to resist the occupation. He also excluded the Gaza Strip and its people when uttering his words before the General Assembly.

Accordingly, Abbas deepens the Palestinian split, paves the way for the Israeli Occupation to perpetrate more crimes and killings, and facilitates the implementation of the ‘Deal of the Century.’

In confirming that he is committed to continued negotiations with the Israeli Occupation despite hundreds of unsuccessful rounds and conferences, Mahmoud Abbas is just duplicating failure while the occupation commits land-grabs to expand its settlements and judaizes the Islamic holy sites, and the Palestinian right of return is annihilated through the dismantling of UNRWA.

As all of the above violations continue unabated, Mahmoud Abbas maintains security collaboration with the Israeli occupation, and restricts both the Palestinian resistance and the Palestinian people from expressing their opposition to the Israeli crimes – even through popular and peaceful means.

Calling the Palestinian resistance ‘terrorist militias’ before the UNGA is a stab in the back of the Palestinian people and their long history, steadfast resistance, and numerous martyrs.

Rubbing salt in the wound, Abbas then employed this platform to declare his intention to isolate the Gaza Strip and to threaten its people with new punitive measures, endangering both Palestinian reconciliation on the one hand, and contradicting the valuable efforts exerted by Egypt to reach national unity on the other. Abbas should have supported all these endeavors, and announced a lifting of the PA sanctions imposed on the Gaza Strip. We therefore hold Abbas responsible for any further ramifications resulting from new punitive measures against the Gaza Strip and its people.

Given all of the aforementioned facts and challenges, Hamas believes that it is necessary for Abbas to repudiate the path of Oslo, a path that has proven to have failed and which has inflicted overwhelming repercussions on the Palestinian people.

Abbas should reconsider the unilateralist policy he has adopted.

Abbas needs to listen to the people of Palestine and to the Palestinian factions, and take heed of their desire for reconciliation and for the implementation of agreements in this regard, above all the Cairo Agreement of 2011.

Abbas must reunite the Palestinian people, and reorganise the internal political situation on the basis of partnership and consensus for a national program to restore our rights and maintain the Palestinian constants.

Finally, Abbas must immediately halt security collaboration and all forms of cooperation with the Israeli Occupation.

Zionist storming of Al-Aqsa crosses all red lines

HAMAS

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Hamas leader Muhammad Abu-Teir said in a Press Release Tuesday that the Israeli occupation is ‘crossing all red lines’ in its attempts to impose a new reality on the ground in Jerusalem by exploiting current conditions.

Abu-Teir said that the increasing number of extremist Zionists breaking into Al-Aqsa Mosque is indicative of how alarming the situation has become, and called on the Palestinian people to fight off the occupation’s attempts to take over the holy site.

“These acts will not change history, nor negate the fact that Al-Aqsa is a holy site for Muslims,” Abu-Teir added.

Abu Teir stressed that all such endeavors to completely judaize the holy site are doomed to failure.

“They may trigger an uprising against the Israeli occupation,” he concluded.

History of Al Aqsa

– Al Aqsa is the third-holiest site in Islam – it was the first Qibla (direction for praying) for Muslims, before changing to Mecca in 624.

– While Al-Aqsa is often thought of as a single building, the site actually consists of several mosques, including the Buraq and Marwani Mosques. The wider compound in which Al-Aqsa is located is referred to as Al-Haram Ash-Sharif (The Noble Sanctuary).

– The legendary golden Dome of the Rock is believed to be the first dome ever used in Islamic architecture.

– Al Aqsa is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage site list, thus is considered of enormous importance to both Islamic and world history and culture.

Hamas delegation to visit Cairo for ceasefire talks

HAMAS

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A Hamas delegation will soon head to Cairo to take part in talks on several issues concerning Palestine, Hamas leader Sami Abu Zuhri said in a press release today.

Abu Zuhri confirmed that Hamas has ‘other options’ if the efforts exerted to reach a ceasefire with the Israeli Occupation fail.

Hamas will be discussing the ceasefire from a position of strength, Abu Zuhri stressed.

The Hamas leader concluded that the Palestinian people have sent a clear message to the Israeli Occupation that stalling for time to deplete the people of Gaza’s will is a lost cause.

The Great March of Return has continued unabated on Gaza’s ‘borders’ for six months, despite the Israeli killing of over 180 peaceful protesters, and the maiming and injuring of many thousands more.

Mesha’al: Eight challenges for Palestinian leadership

HAMAS

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Former Chief of Hamas Political Bureau Khalid Mesh’al said today that the Palestinian leadership, including Hamas, should overcome certain challenges to save the Palestinian cause.

In a scientific conference held in Gaza titled Hamas: 30 Years on: Reality and Hopes, Mesh’al said that there are eight challenges for the Palestinian leadership, adding that the first is making a big turn in the resistance process, and fighting the Israeli Occupation ahead of liberating Palestine.

Mesh’al added that the Palestinian leaders have the responsibility to find a solution to the division based on the national principles is another challenge posed to the Palestinian cause, reiterating the necessity to end the split and build our national unity and national project after redefinition. Read more »

Hamas: Five strategies to preserve Palestinian cause as ‘deal of century’ looms

HAMAS

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Top Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said that national efforts exerted to save the Palestinian cause from being liquidated must be laid on five strategic foundations:

First: Continuous protection of resistance, as we are living in a world that respects only the strong.

Second: We have to build national Palestinian unity based on respecting partnership, adhering to the Palestinian agreements, and rebuilding the Palestinian homeland.

Third: We have to be open to elements of the Ummah, all the parties, world countries, and blocs. We represent a cause, which needs our support.

Forth: We have to work on ending the siege imposed on Gaza. No one can undermine Gaza’s patriotism and resistance.

Fifth: Hamas was, and is still, insisting to go to Cairo along with all the Palestinian factions on the basis of partnership in taking national decisions. Read more »

Hamas new charter is reflective of development

HAMAS

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Hamas expressed its natural intellectual development over the past 30 years in the Document of Principles and Policies, former Chief of Hamas Political Bureau Khalid Meshal stated.

In a televised interview with Al-Jazeera TV Channel on Monday evening, Meshal confirmed that the new Hamas charter highlighted a specific era; it was composed to reflect the movement’s intellectual and political advancement.

Meshal clarified that the movement has not repudiated its original charter, but rather adhered to its principle, and furthermore, expressed changes with new principles in the new document.

Unlike others, Hamas will never alter its core principles, Mesahl added. Read more »

Hamas to break Gaza siege regardless of Abbas’ opposition

HAMAS

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Member of Hamas Political Bureau Salah Al-Bardawil stated that his movement would continue exerting efforts to pressure the Israeli Occupation to lift the siege imposed on Gaza Strip despite attempts of some sides to hinder this move.

In an interview with Al-Aqsa TV Channel, Al-Bardawil added that the President of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas foiled Egypt’s efforts to break the Israeli-imposed siege on the Gaza Strip, as part of PA’s bid to pave the way for the ‘deal of the century’ which aims at liquidating the Palestinian cause.

Regarding Abbas’ claims that the ceasefire with the Israeli Occupation is part of the ‘deal of the century’, Al-Bardawil stressed that his movement is exerting efforts to hammer out a truce with the Israeli Occupation in parallel with achieving the national reconciliation.

Al-Bardawil criticized the PA for maintaining its sanctions on the Gaza Strip, reiterating that the movement is prepared to run for elections at all levels. Read more »

24th Friday of Great March of Return

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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On the 24th Friday of the Great March of Return, the Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum stated the following:

The mass participation in this week’s Great March of Return proves that the Palestinian people have selected the Palestinian resistance which defends them against the ongoing Israeli aggression to represent them over the Palestinian Authority which is imposing sanctions on Gaza while continuing its security collaboration with the Israeli Occupation.

Fawzi Barhoum

The Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas

07/09/2018

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