PA chief calls on Hamas, Fatah to bury the hatchet
“National unity is the base that all Palestinian factions are counting on… Soon we will regain our unity. We will meet soon and I shake the hand of every one of you,” Abbas told supporters in a massive rally organized by the Fatah movement in the besieged Gaza Strip on Friday.
He made the remarks during a televised speech from his headquarters in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.
Hamas, who seized control of the coastal enclave from Fatah in 2007, authorized Fatah to stage the rally to mark its 48th anniversary. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians gathered in Gaza City’s Saraya Square to voice their support for unity among Palestinians.
Abbas described the celebration as “a significant event that aims at gaining unity and achieving reconciliation.”
He stated that Fatah was determined to “serve the state of Palestine.”
Reiterating Fatah’s loyalty to the Palestinian cause, Abbas said, “Ending the Israeli siege is another important priority in order to make the Gaza Strip free and join the entire free Palestinian territories.”
Meanwhile, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh expressed hope that his faction and Fatah would resolve their differences.
Hamas spokesman Ihab al-Ghussein also said the rival factions would “work toward the consolidation of national unity.”
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