Hamas, Fatah sign reconciliation deal in Cairo

Hamas, Fatah sign reconciliation deal in Cairo

October 12, 2017 (EIRNS)-Talks between the two rival Palestinian organizations, Hamas and Fatah, taking place in Cairo under the sponsorship of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Egyptian Intelligence, have yielded an agreement on how the two will cooperate in the Gaza Strip.

Describing the talks in Cairo as "serious" and "fruitful", Sariya said the results reflected Hamas' "unprecedented seriousness in pursuing reconciliation", and Fatah's "keenness to empower the consensus government to administrate the Gaza Strip". Abbas oversees autonomous enclaves in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

"Israel opposes any reconciliation between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, as long as Hamas is working to destroy Israel and does not disarm", Netanyahu said. It comprises the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and Russian Federation.

Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets across Gaza on Thursday in celebration of the unity pact, with loudspeakers on open cars blasting national songs, youths dancing and hugging and many waving Palestine and Egyptian flags.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman congratulated Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on concluding a reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas movements.

The talks "began in the headquarters of the Egyptian intelligence to examine the files to enable a Palestinian national unity government to work in the Gaza Strip", he added.

The Islamic militant Hamas evicted Abbas' Western-backed Palestinian Authority from Gaza a decade ago, leading to a crippling territorial and political split among Palestinians.

Analysts said the deal is more likely to stick than earlier ones, given Hamas's growing isolation and realization of how hard Gaza, its economy hobbled by border blockades and infrastructure shattered by wars with Israel, was to govern and rebuild.