Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh denounced the U.S. killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, while a Palestinian Authority spokesman said his death will be “good for peace.”
“This is a continuance of the U.S. policy of atrocities,” Haniyeh told reporters today in Gaza City.
Hamas, which is considered a terrorist group by the U.S., European Union, and Israel, is scheduled to sign a reconciliation agreement with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of the Fatah faction this week in Cairo.
Ghassan Khatib, a spokesman for the Ramallah, West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, said the absence of bin Laden will be “good for peace and stability” around the world. Khatib spoke in a phone interview.
Hamas has ruled Gaza since 2007, when it ousted Abbas’s forces from the territory a year after winning parliamentary elections. Haniyeh was deposed as prime minister by Abbas after the Gaza action, leaving the Palestinian Authority in charge of only the West Bank.