Haniyeh calls for unity among Palestinians

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called for unity among Palestinians and urged people to remain calm Friday as fighters from his Hamas movement consolidated their hold in Gaza. Haniyeh said Hamas was still committed to unity agreements it signed with Fatah. "I still affirm that the road is open and wide to reformulating these relations on a firm nationalistic basis," Haniyeh said, speaking after Muslim Friday prayers in Gaza City. Haniyeh promised to restore security to the anarchic and poverty-stricken territory, asked Gazans to display "self-restraint" and urged an end to the widespread looting of the houses and property of Fatah officials.