Palestinian presidential sources denied Sunday Israeli media reports that claimed that the Palestinian Authority (PA) has involved in U.S-led efforts to boost security services loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas.
Nabil Abu Rodaina, spokesman of the presidency told reporters in Ramallah “these reports are baseless and aimed at fueling further tension in the region, in an attempt to keep up the tense situation”.

Israeli Daily Haaretz reported that Washington has been demanding Israel to bolster Fatah-linked security bodies in the face of the rival militant Hamas.

These reports were published after the rival parties Hamas and Fatah agreed to their fifth ceasefire yesterday night, a ceasefire which seems to be holding.

Both sides evacuated militants from streets and rooftops as well as exchanged release of hostages, who have been taken over the past week-old factional infighting in Gaza.

At least 55 people have been reportedly killed and more than 100 wounded in the deadliest fighting in two months, when Hamas and Fatah established a joint coalition government. Hamas announced that it has lost 22 members.

The latest ceasefire has been pressed for by President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah and Prime Minister, Ismail Haniya of Hamas, and mediated by senior Egyptian security officials, who are currently based in Gaza city.