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Hamas Accuses Palestinian Government of Obstructing Reconciliation

Hamas Accuses Palestinian Government of Obstructing Reconciliation

Saturday, 2 December, 2017 - 18:30
Hamas senior political leader, Khalil al-Hayya, center, accompanied by Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum, right, attend a press conference in Gaza City on November 27, 2017. (AFP).jpg

The Palestinian Hamas movement accused on Saturday the Palestinian government of obstructing the reconciliation agreement that was signed in October.

It said in a statement: “We demand that the government of (prime minister) Rami Hamdallah assume its responsibilities in full and lift the unjust sanctions imposed on our people in Gaza.”

Hamas charged that the Palestinian government based in the West Bank had “made no effort to lift the sanctions and ease the sufferings of the people of Gaza.”

The statement referred to the electricity shortages and the fate of tens of thousands of civil servants hired by the group, which seized the enclave in 2007 after clashes with Fatah.

The Palestinian Authority, in a statement of its own, dismissed the charges as “irresponsible.”

The PA, dominated by Fatah, was scheduled to take over control of Gaza by December 1 under a landmark unity deal signed in Cairo in October, but the deadline passed with the two factions accusing each other of not respecting the accord.

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