Hamas and Fatah ask Egypt to postpone transfer of responsibility for Gaza

Under an agreement signed by Hamas and Fatah in Cairo in mid-October, the PA is supposed to take full responsibility for Gaza by Friday.

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November 30, 2017 01:26
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Hamas and Fatah ask Egypt to postpone transfer of responsibility for Gaza

Head of Hamas delegation Saleh Arouri and Fatah leader Azzam Ahmad sign a reconciliation deal in Cairo, Egypt, October 12, 2017.. (photo credit: REUTERS/AMR ABDALLAH DALSH)

 
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Hamas and Fatah have asked Egypt to postpone the transfer of responsibility for the Gaza Strip from Hamas to the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority for ten days.

Under an agreement signed by Hamas and Fatah in Cairo in mid-October, the PA is supposed to take full responsibility for Gaza by Friday. Hamas has controlled Gaza since ousting the PA in 2007 from the territory.

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“Hamas and Fatah requested that the Egyptian brothers postpone the completion of the government’s takeover of its responsibilities in the Strip...from December 1 to December 10,” Fayez Abu Eitah, a Gaza-based Fatah official, said, reading a joint Hamas-Fatah statement on Wednesday night.

“This is to complete the arrangements to guarantee the achievement of reconciliation.”

The statement came after a meeting between Hamas, Fatah, PA and Egyptian officials in Gaza.

According to PA Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh, since Hamas and Fatah signed the mid-October agreement, Hamas has barely enabled the PA to take responsibility for Gaza. “We have not surpassed the 5% [marker] on the issue of empowering the government [in Gaza],” Sheikh told PA television on Saturday.

Hamas spokesman Salah Bardaweil objected to Sheikh’s comments, tweeting: “You all have taken over the ministries, authorities and crossings.”

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