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Hamas asks Abbas to lift Gaza sanctions

Agence France Presse RAFAH, Palestinian: Hamas called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday to respond to the disbanding of its shadow government in the Gaza Strip by ending his sanctions on the impoverished enclave. Following Egyptian-mediated reconciliation talks with Abbas’s Western-backed Fatah faction, Islamist Hamas said Sunday it would dissolve …

Hamas ready for talks with Fatah to dissolve Gaza government & hold elections – statement

Published time: 17 Sep, 2017 02:51Edited time: 17 Sep, 2017 05:05 — Palestinian group Hamas, which is governing the Gaza Strip, has announced that it’s ready to engage in talks with President Mahmoud Abbas’ administration to dissolve its administrative committee and hold a general election as part of a reconciliation …

PA worries Egyptian aid to Hamas prolongs Palestinian division

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Egypt has taken several steps to improve economic conditions for Hamas in the Gaza Strip. On Aug. 11, an agreement was reached to establish a free-trade zone on the Gazan-Egyptian border during a visit by a Hamas delegation to Cairo. On June 21, Egyptian industrial diesel was brought to Gaza to operate …

UAE, Egypt approve more aid for Gaza, Hamas

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Hamas and Egypt are moving forward quickly on projects to aid the Gaza Strip. A delegation from the National Islamic Committee for Social Solidarity, along with officials from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, will work with experts from both countries to oversee funding. A solidarity …

Palestinian Authority suspends plan to fire 6,000 Gaza civil servants

The Palestinian Authority has suspended plans to force more than 6,000 civil servants in the Gaza Strip into early retirement, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said on Saturday. The move was announced last month as part of a raft of punitive measures designed to pressure Hamas to cede control of the Gaza Strip. Many of …

Two initiatives revive hopes for Palestinian reconciliation

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Within the span of some 12 hours on Aug. 3, Hamas in Gaza and the Patriots to End the Split and Restore the National Unity in the West Bank independently launched two initiatives to end the political and administrative division between Gaza and the West Bank resulting from the Hamas-Fatah feud. Salah al-Bardawil from Hamas’ political …

Fatah: Hamas invited to PNC if it ends its control over Gaza

Hamas must dissolve its administrative committee and end its control over Gaza before it can join the Palestinian National Council (PNC) meeting, Fatah spokesperson Osama Al-Qawasmi has announced. Al-Qawasmi said that the Palestinian Authority (PA) seeks to strengthen the Palestinian representation and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) ahead of its …

UN rights office ‘deeply concerned’ about deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza

11 August 2017 – The United Nations human rights office today expressed deep concern about the steadily deteriorating humanitarian and human rights conditions in Gaza, especially the restrictions on the enclave’s power supply. “At the height of summer, with soaring temperatures, electricity provision has not risen above six hours per …

Hamas to dissolve administrative committee if PA halts all punitive measures in Gaza

GAZA (Ma’an) — In an attempt to achieve national reconciliation between feuding Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, and alleviate a dire humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, the Hamas movement announced on Thursday its readiness to do away with its administrative committee in Gaza, should the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA) …

Abbas in meeting with a Hamas delegation to discuss unity

Ramallah/ PNN/ President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday evening met with a Hamas delegation  in the presidency headquarter in Ramallah to discuss unity. The purpose of the meeting was to bring the to parts closer together and to find an ending to the long internal Palestinian division that’s been dividing the West …