Hamas says unity deal at risk if Abbas does not end sanctions

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Hamas warned on Tuesday that Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s delay in easing sanctions on Gaza was putting at risk a landmark unity deal signed last week.“The continuation of the punitive measures against our people in Gaza a month after the dissolution of the administrative council spoils the general atmosphere for reconciliation,” a party spokesman said in a statement to Hamas media.Islamist group Hamas last month agreed to dissolve its administrative council, seen as a ...

Hamas, Fatah agree to complete Gaza handover by December 1

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal on Thursday after Hamas agreed to hand over administrative control of Gaza, including the key Rafah border crossing, a decade after seizing the enclave in a civil war. The deal brokered by Egypt bridges a bitter gulf between the Western-backed mainstream Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas, an Islamist movement designated as a militant group by Western countries and Israel. Palestinian unity could ...

How Palestinian unity efforts can catch Iran off-guard

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

After years of schism, the Palestinian groups, Fatah and Hamas decided to end the bloody split. Rami Hamdallah, the Palestinian Prime Minister warmly shook hands with Hamas leader Ismail Haniya in Gaza Strip.Conflicts between known Palestinian groups is one of the main reasons to not achieve peace for the long bloody Israeli-Palestinian conflict.It is public knowledge that the Iranian regime is fomenting these conflicts by consistently drive a wedge between various Palestinian groups. Adding ...

Hamid Bahrami

Fatah spokesman: Judiciary, security key issues in talks with Hamas in Cairo

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

A Palestinian dialogue aimed at unifying ranks between Fatah and Hamas began behind closed doors on Tuesday in Cairo where upcoming elections, the judiciary and security were among key issues discussed, according to senior Fatah spokesperson. Fatah spokesman Osama al-Qawasmi told Al Arabiya that they baseline issues were aimed at “enabling Palestinian national reconciliation” efforts. “The meeting will discuss the issues of the elections, the judiciary, the security, and ...

Fatah, Hamas to discuss security in Gaza under unity deal

Monday, 9 October 2017

 Negotiators from rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas will discuss security in the Gaza Strip at unity talks in Cairo on Tuesday, including a proposal that would see Fatah security personnel deployed to Hamas-dominated territory. The plan for 3,000 Fatah security officers to join a Gaza police force over the course of a year, part of a unity deal mediated by Egypt in 2011, would restore much of the influence of Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas in Gaza ...

Israel strikes Hamas post after Gaza rocket fire

Monday, 9 October 2017

The Israeli military said on Sunday it destroyed an outpost belonging to the Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Sunday after Gaza militants fired a rocket toward Israel. The rocket set off air raid sirens in southern Israel but fell short, landing inside Palestinian territory, the Israeli military said in a statement. “In response, an (Israeli) tank targeted and destroyed a Hamas outpost in the southern Gaza Strip,” it said. Officials in Gaza said no ...

Hamas arrests suspected militant leader in Gaza

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Hamas police detained a suspected militant leader in Gaza on Saturday, a security source said, the latest in a series of arrests of those accused of ISIS group ideology. “This morning, security forces arrested Nour Issa, 27, who is a leader of the deviant thought movement and is from Bureij Camp in central Gaza, along with others,” the source said, using a phrase Hamas officials routinely use to refer to militants, including ISIS. The internal security service confirmed on its ...

After years of deprivation, Gaza opens its doors again

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Finally, Gaza’s leadership opens its doors with arms wide open to the Palestinian Authority to end their dispute, release its detainees, and to hand over the keys to the local administration.This is an important political and humanitarian deal and the credit for it goes to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s government, the first to succeed in a decade.If the agreement takes full course, and if Ramallah and Gaza’s leaders cooperate, one of the worst humanitarian disasters ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Palestinian rivals declare three stages to end decade-long split

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Palestinian Authority Spokesperson Yousef al-Mahmoud has said that the agreement to end division between rivals Hamas and Fatah will be accomplished in three stages; the formation of committees to begin work on solving the problems of the crossings, electricity, water and other issues. "We are determined to resolve all outstanding issues to achieve reconciliation," he added. He said that the government held a "quick discussion to resolve electricity, water and reconstruction ...

Amid push for Palestinian unity, are Egypt and Hamas friends or foes?

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas Political Bureau, and a delegation of senior officials from the Gaza Strip recently went to Cairo for talks about reconciliation with Fatah and the possibility of forming a Palestinian unity government. Hamas’s pledge to dissolve the Gaza Administrative Committee, whose establishment further strained relations between the two factions, and its consent to holding general elections demonstrates unprecedented flexibility on the part of the Islamic militant ...

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