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gpolit.com October 24, 2017


Unity Government to take control of Gaza by December 01

13 October 2017, 12:24 | Rufus Hill

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah shakes hands with Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza City

Haniyeh Hamdallah

"Any reconciliation between the (Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority) and Hamas must include a commitment to global agreements and to the conditions of the Quartet, first of which is recognising Israel and demilitarising Hamas", the official said in the Israeli government's first reaction to the deal signed in Cairo.

Under the emerging agreement, Hamas would hand over responsibilities of governing Gaza to the West Bank-based government of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

"Hamas will spare no effort to turn this agreement into a reality with a view to confronting the Zionist project and establishing a sovereign state of Palestine", al-Arouri asserted.

The Fatah official stressed that President Mahmoud Abbas instructed the delegation not to return without a reconciliation deal.

Also under the deal, Gaza's border crossings with Israel and Egypt will be handed back to the Palestinian Authority in the coming weeks, with a November 1 deadline, according to Ahmad.

Hamas must disarm and recognise Israel under a Palestinian unity deal announced on Thursday with its rival Fatah aimed at ending their decade-long split, an Israeli government official said.

"Fatah and Hamas reached an agreement at dawn today upon a generous Egyptian sponsorship", Haniyeh said in a statement. Abbas has said he would not take over Gaza until Hamas gave up its weapons.

One of the key issues has been punitive measures taken by Abbas against Gaza in recent months, including reducing electricity payments that left the territory's residents with only a few hours of power a day.

"We are meeting in Cairo in hopes of formulating a roadmap titled National Reconciliation", wrote Hamas member Izzat Reshiq on his Twitter account earlier this week.

Fatah party lost control of Gaza to Hamas, considered a terrorist group by the West and Israel, in fighting in 2007.

Struggling with the fallout from the border blockade, Hamas has found it increasingly hard to govern or provide basic services, such as electricity, to Gaza's people. In 2014, the sides agreed to create a unity government, but no such government was ever formed.



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