Hamas in Syria spurns plan to reconcile with Fatah

Hamas in Syria spurns pl

The Syrian-based leadership of the militant Palestinian group Hamas has rejected an Egyptian-mediated proposal to reconcile with the rival Fatah group. Hamas and seven other Damascus-based Palestinian factions issued a joint statement Thursday saying the reconciliation plan must be revised to include a reference to the Palestinian right to resist Israeli occupation. Hamas, a bitter rival of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah group, seized control of Gaza two years ago after routing Fatah forces. Fatah on Wednesday said it accepts Egypt's proposal to hold presidential and legislative elections next year as part of efforts to achieve reconciliation with Hamas. Fatah says it signed the proposal and dispatched an envoy to Cairo with the response Thursday.