Hamas Capitulates under PA Repression, Dissolves Government, Announces Elections

Hamas Capitulates under PA Repression, Dissolves Government, Announces Elections

Fatah, which dominates the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank, has not yet commented on the moves by Hamas.

This includes holding general elections in the West Bank and Gaza, dissolving a contentious Gaza administrative committee and allowing an Abbas-led "unity government", formed in 2014 but until now unable to start operating in Gaza, to finally assume responsibility there.

Recently, there have been frequent reports of meetings and talks between Fatah member and Abbas rival Mohammed Dahlan, and Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar.

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza has also been reinforced by restrictions imposed by palestinian Authority to pressure Hamas and force it to negotiate a government of national unity. Repeated attempts at reconciliation have failed.

"Hamas is ready to resume the dialogue with the Fatah movement to implement the Cairo reconciliation agreement of 2011 on the formation of a unity government with other Palestinian factions", the statement said.

Hamas announced this morning that it is willing to hold discussions with Fatah, close the directorate in Gaza that served as an interim government and carry out general elections.

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It added that it had decided to make the announcement in response to Egyptian efforts to achieve reconciliation and end the internal Palestinian division.

Hamas has been greatly weakened by an Israeli and Egyptian blockade, three wars with Israel and global isolation. But Associated Press reported that it is not yet clear whether Hamas is ready to place its security forces under Abbas's control - a major sticking point in the past.

Despite Sunday's announcement, any reconciliation deal would still face many obstacles.

Hamas and Fatah have attempted to reconcile over the years since Hamas took control over the Gaza Strip in 2007, however the attempts have so far failed to yield results.

The coastal enclave of some two million people also has one of the world's highest unemployment rates.

United Nations officials have urged Israel to lift its decade-long blockade of Gaza.

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