Hamas, Fatah sign deal on Palestinian reconciliation

Geneva Matthews
October 16, 2017

Sanctions taken by Abbas against Hamas-controlled Gaza will also soon be lifted, the Fatah official said.

Israeli channel 10 reported last week that Israeli officials fear that Arouri's powerful position in Hamas could lead to an upsurge in terror if Fatah-Hamas reconciliation goes ahead, since Fatah could give Hamas greater flexibility and freedom in the West Bank.

Hamas seized control of Gaza from Abbas's Fatah in a violent coup in 2007.

People who want to make it out of the border crossing or back in have been facing difficulties, as the crossing is regularly closed, sometimes at short notice.

And he said a reconciliation deal makes peace harder to achieve.

One such person is Asraa Sherif, a student who wishes to pursue her higher studies in Turkey.

On Thursday, Hamas and Fatah signed a landmark reconciliation deal in Cairo aimed at ending ten years of crippling inter-Palestinian political division.

According to the agreement, the Western-backed Palestinian Authority will resume all governing responsibilities in Gaza no later than December 1.

It was a sobering reality check for a group that, despite years of fiery defiance and arms supplies from Iran, can not rule Gaza without help from Fatah, the rival faction that controls the Palestinian Authority and was driven out of Gaza in violent clashes 10 years ago.

"Continuing to dig tunnels, manufacture missiles and initiate terrorist attacks against Israel are incompatible with the Quartet conditions and the efforts of the United States to renew the diplomatic process".

It has fought three wars with Israel since 2008 and the blockaded Gaza Strip has seen deteriorating humanitarian conditions.

The figure is a fraction of the number of police officers employed by Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip.

The crossing has remained largely closed in recent years.

According to the deal, the Palestinian consensus government would fully take over running the daily affairs in the Gaza Strip from the hands of Hamas.

Britain's former prime minister Tony Blaire said that he and other world leaders were wrong to yield to Israeli pressure to impose an immediate boycott of Hamas after the militant group won Palestinian elections in 2006, reports the Guardian. One of the key sticking points will be the fate of Hamas's 25,000-strong military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.

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