Palestinian factions Hamas and Fateh have reached a consensus on reconciliation to end a decade long of national split, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh announced, Thursday morning, without providing further details.
Hamas member Taher al-Nono said in a statement, on Thursday, to the pro-Hamas Palestinian Information Center, that Haniyeh announced that Fateh and Hamas reached an agreement at dawn, upon generous Egyptian sponsorship.
Fateh spokesperson Osama al-Qawasmi also confirmed that the two parties had reached a comprehensive agreement under Egyptian auspices, according to Al Ray.
Media sources from Cairo reported information about an agreement on three issues: resolving the issue of public servants that were hired in the Gaza strip during the period from 2007-2017, the Palestinian Authority’s control over the borders and crossings with Egypt and Israel, and forming dedicated committees to follow up on the implementation of the agreement.
On Tuesday, delegates from Hamas and Fateh began intensive reconciliation meetings in Cairo under Egyptâ€™s auspices. Both rival parties discussed issues hindering the Palestinian unity and ways to pave the road for the national consensus government to assume its responsibilities in the Gaza Strip.
The delegations also discussed important administrative topics, including the terms of the Cairo 2011 reconciliation accord, and the preparations for the implementation meeting which is to be held within 20 days. The implementation meeting is said to bring together all parties that have signed the agreement.
Last week, Palestinian Prime Minister of the National Consensus Government formed in 2014, Rami al-Hamdallah, held his first cabinet meeting in Gaza, after Hamas announced overturning the administration of the Gaza Strip to the unity government; a major step towards Palestinian reconciliation, and ending the split.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.