Egyptian security official to mediate between Fatah and Hamas

Egyptian security official to mediate between Fatah and Hamas

Egyptian security official to mediate between Fatah and Hamas

On Sunday, two Fatah leaders accused Hamas of hindering the Palestinian government from operating in the Gaza Strip.

On the security level, Hayya pointed out that his movement "wants to complete the security file in line with the Cairo Agreement", and asked Fatah to send a security delegation from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip to discuss the security issue.

In the past six weeks, delegations of senior Hamas officials including Deputy Hamas Politburo chief Salih al-Arouri visited Tehran to meet with Iranian officials.

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Delegation members hope to follow up on the implementation of an Egypt-sponsored Palestinian reconciliation agreement signed last month in Cairo, a Palestinian security source told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity due to the issue's sensitivity.

He added that Hamas had called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to "conduct the necessary consultations with all parties to hold comprehensive elections simultaneously".

The two factions agreed to allow the unity government to assume responsibility for all of Gaza's border crossings no later than November 1.

Palestinian media reports revealed that a ministerial delegation from the Palestinian government would come along with the Egyptian delegation and the Palestinian Cabinet would convene on Tuesday in Gaza. Israel captured all three areas in the 1967 Six-Day War, although it withdrew from Gaza in 2005. Al-Hayya said Palestinian factions and the Fatah group have failed to pressure the government to lift its punitive measures against the seaside strip.

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