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Palestine: Gaza handover 1st phase of reconciliation: Hamas chief

2nd Nov 2017
Palestine: Gaza handover 1st phase of reconciliation: Hamas chief

By Nour Abu Aisha

 

GAZA CITY, Palestine (AA): Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh described Wednesday’s handover of the Gaza Strip’s border crossings to the Palestinian Authority (PA) as “the first phase of inter-Palestinian reconciliation”.

In an address delivered in Gaza City, Haniyeh stressed that Hamas had handed over responsibility for the enclave’s borders “without bargaining or setting any conditions”.

The Ramallah-based PA on Wednesday assumed control of the Gaza Strip’s border crossings as part of an Oct. 12 reconciliation agreement signed in Cairo between Hamas and Fatah.

“Reconciliation isn’t only about relations between Fatah and Hamas, but between all Palestinian political factions — Islamic and nationalist — and all segments of Palestinian society,” he said.

The reconciliation process, Haniyeh asserted, turned on three axes: the administration of the West Bank and Gaza through a national unity government emanating from parliamentary and presidential elections; a reorganization of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO); and the development of the PLO to allow the participation of all Palestinians.

[Photo:  A prefabricated structure is being carried with a towing vehicle after the handover ceremony of border crossings through the Beit Hanoun (Erez) border-crossing in Beit Hanoun, Gaza on November 1, 2017. Photographer: Ali Jadallah/AA]

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