Fatah-Hamas delegation meets in Cairo after making reconciliation

Frederick Owens
October 10, 2017

But Israel holds Hamas responsible for all rocket fire from Gaza, regardless of who carried it out, and usually retaliates within hours.

The West Bank and the Gaza Strip have remained politically and administratively divided since 2007, when Hamas wrested control of the strip from Fatah following several days of street fighting.

"There might be some difficulties on the road but we will conclude reconciliation, regardless of the cost", Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said during a meeting with Fatah officials.

The Al-Qassam Brigades said in a press release that the Israeli shells caused property damage, but did not lead to any casualties.

Explaining that he does not expect Hamas to agree to abandon arms, Abu Saada predicted that the issue will be put off until future discussions. "Any money entering Gaza should go through it".

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Abbas wants his government to regain full control before reversing the measures, but Hamas wants them lifted immediately. "The government will not accept being a pro forma authority without powers or influence".

Last week, Abbas called on Hamas to surrender its weapons to the Palestinian Authority.

Yousef had told Anadolu Agency on Sunday that three Hamas leaders from the West Bank might attend the new round of reconciliation talks in Cairo.

This act of reconciliation appears to be more in progress than the effort in 2014, with the Gaza government being disbanded willingly by Hamas with the aim of putting it under the unity government, awaiting an election.

Moussa added, "We are going to Cairo to arrange mechanisms to implement the 2011 agreement, knowing that this agreement stipulated that security coordination with Israel was rejected altogether, and the resistance in Gaza is protected by all factions". He spoke on condition of anonymity pending an official announcement.

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