Hamas's Zahar tells press Abbas is not coming to Gaza

August 30, 2011 15:21


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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has no intentions of visiting the Gaza Strip in the near future, Hamas leader Mahmoud Zatar told London-based al-Quds al-Arabi, hinting that there may be threats on Abbas's life should he choose to do so.

Zahar stressed that Hamas was not interested in jeopardizing the internal situation in the Gaza Strip should Abbas decide to visit and internal Fatah violence occur as a result of unsettled accounts, referencing, according to al-Quds al-Arabi the conflict between the Palestinian Authority president and ex-Fatah figure and strident Abbas critic Muhammad Dahlan.

The Hamas leader said attempts by Abbas to rekindle the stalled reconciliation process between the ruling Islamist group in Gaza and Fatah would be futile should he visit Gaza anyhow, saying of the deal: "the [reconciliation] agreement was completed, but it's implementation is defunct."

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