Hamas agree rival Fatah conditions for ‘unity government’

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    The militant group Hamas has agreed to a series of key conditions with rival movement Fatah which could signal the end of a 10-year-long feud in Palestine.

    Hamas, who are on the UN terrorist list, have controlled the Gaza Strip and the West Bank since 2007.

    Hamas, led by Yahya Sinwar, last night agreed to conditions by rival President Abbas including nationwide elections which could finally end a decade old territorial split.

    The militant group Hamas has agreed to a series of key conditions with rival movement Fatah led by President Abbas (pictured) which could signal the end of a 10-year-long feud in Palestine

    The militant group Hamas has agreed to a series of key conditions with rival movement Fatah led by President Abbas (pictured) which could signal the end of a 10-year-long feud in Palestine

    Conditions also include dissolving the contentious Gaza administrative committee – the de facto government in the region – and allowing an Abbas-led ‘unity government,’ who could take control within a matter of days. 

    The Gaza administrative committee is the de facto government in region after Hamas defeated Fatah in parliamentary elections in 2006.

    A year later, Hamas drove forces loyal to Fatah from the Gaza Strip assuming near complete administrative control.

    Hamas, led by Yahya Sinwar, last night agreed to conditions by rival President Abbas including nationwide elections which could finally end a decade old territorial split

    Hamas, led by Yahya Sinwar, last night agreed to conditions by rival President Abbas including nationwide elections which could finally end a decade old territorial split

    Hamas, led by Yahya Sinwar, last night agreed to conditions by rival President Abbas including nationwide elections which could finally end a decade old territorial split

    The takeover led to rival governments, with Hamas in charge of Gaza and President Abbas controlling autonomous pockets of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

    The announcement came after separate talks by Hamas and Fatah delegations with Egyptian intelligence officials in Cairo.

    Egypt relayed Fatah demands to Hamas that as a first step, it must dissolve the administrative committee and allow their unity government – formed in 2014 – to take charge.

    ‘We accepted that as a sign of our good will toward reconciliation,’ Hamas official Hussam Badran said.

    ‘The administrative committee is now dissolved and the government can come to Gaza today to assume its responsibilities and duties,’ he added.

    Azzam al-Ahmed, a Fatah participant in the talks, said Hamas and Fatah agreed to meet in Cairo within 10 days, during which time the national unity government should assume responsibility in Gaza.

    Conditions also include dissolving the contentious Gaza administrative committee - the de facto government in the region - and allowing an Abbas-led 'unity government,' who could take control within a matter of days 

    Conditions also include dissolving the contentious Gaza administrative committee - the de facto government in the region - and allowing an Abbas-led 'unity government,' who could take control within a matter of days 

    Conditions also include dissolving the contentious Gaza administrative committee – the de facto government in the region – and allowing an Abbas-led ‘unity government,’ who could take control within a matter of days 

    Mahmoud Aloul, another Fatah official, told the Voice of Palestine radio that the news from Cairo is encouraging, but that: ‘We want to see that happening on the ground before we move to the next step.’

    Hamas – who remain on the United Nations terror list – has been greatly weakened by an Isaeli and Egyptian blockade, three wars and international isolation. 

    Residents of Gaza’s have electricity for only a few hours a day. 

    In recent months, Abbas has stepped up financial pressure on Hamas, including by scaling back electricity payments to Gaza, to force his rivals to cede ground.

    The Gaza administrative committee is the de facto government in region after Hamas defeated Fatah in parliamentary elections in 2006. A year later, Hamas drove forces loyal to Fatah from the Gaza Strip assuming near complete administrative control 

    The Gaza administrative committee is the de facto government in region after Hamas defeated Fatah in parliamentary elections in 2006. A year later, Hamas drove forces loyal to Fatah from the Gaza Strip assuming near complete administrative control 

    The Gaza administrative committee is the de facto government in region after Hamas defeated Fatah in parliamentary elections in 2006. A year later, Hamas drove forces loyal to Fatah from the Gaza Strip assuming near complete administrative control 

    Still, there were no guarantees that this deal would succeed where others failed.

    In previous deals, including one brokered by Egypt in 2011, both sides professed willingness to reconcile, but ultimately balked at giving up power in their respective territories.

    A key sticking point in the past was Hamas’ refusal to place its security forces in Gaza under the control of an Abbas-led unity government. 

     

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