Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh made a rare phone call to his rival, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Monday to offer condolences for the death of Abbas' brother.
The brief call was the first time the men have spoken since immediately after Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007.
The official Palestinian news agency Wafa said the president's older brother, Atta Rida Shehada Abbas, died Monday morning in Damascus. It did not give his age. President Abbas, 76, will receive mourners at his Ramallah office on Wednesday, it said.