Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh threatened to boycott unity talks with Fatah unless members of his group currently detained in the West Bank were released, Reuters reported Friday.
During a sermon at a mosque in Rafah, Haniyeh said, "It is doubtful that this dialogue can succeed and it is doubtful that parties including Hamas would attend the coming round of dialogue in Cairo if we don't close the file on political arrests."
"We are not naive and we won't accept that dialogue takes place while arrests continue," he was quoted as saying.
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