Turkey welcomes Hamas-Fatah reconciliation

Oct 16, 2017, 00:47
Turkey welcomes Hamas-Fatah reconciliation

Under Egyptian auspices, Palestine's two main political rivals, Fatah and Hamas, signed a reconciliation accord Thursday in Cairo, which denotes that the Concession Government will have administration over the Rafah border before December 1.

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.

The Palestinian reconciliation agreement signed between Fatah and Hamas in Cairo on Wednesday is a source of hope for all Palestinians.

The much-hailed, historic accord signed in Cairo between Hamas and Fatah this week reportedly contains secret clauses, one of which was that Hamas will longer carry out terror attacks on Jewish settlements in the West Bank, according to veteran army radio analyst Jacky Hugi.

Abbas welcomed the deal in comments to AFP and said he considered it a "final agreement to end the division"-though many details remain to be resolved and previous reconciliation attempts have repeatedly failed".

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If this deal succeeds, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza will be reunited under one leadership for the first time since the Islamist militant group Hamas wrested control of the territory 10 years ago.

"As a Palestinian citizen, my Prime Minister is Rami Hamdallah", said al-Hayyah, who stressed that Cairo agreement "was not new, but was a new Egyptian-sponsored round of dialogue that would lead to practical results".

For the 2 million Palestinians of Gaza, trapped in a tiny coastal strip that is frequently compared to an open-air prison, the Cairo deal offered a potential respite from their lives of dire shortages of electricity and lifesaving medicine, as well as a chance to travel to the outside world.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had previously insisted no unity government could be established before Hamas disarmed. One of the key sticking points will be the fate of Hamas's 25,000-strong military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades. It also called for the immediate release of Israeli civilians Avra Mengistu and Hisham a-Said, who are being held by Hamas, and the remains of fallen Israeli soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin. Hamas and Israel fought three wars over the past decade. And the Palestinian Authority is hoping that reconciliation will allow the Palestinian territories to have a unified voice to press Israel for an independent state.

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