Hamas dissolves Gaza administration in Palestinian unity bid

Masked youth cadets from the Ezzedine al Qassam Brigades the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement march in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis

Hamas statement, which consisted of four points, also said that the movement accepted to hold the general, presidential and legislative elections in the Palestinian territories, the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem.

The Palestinian movement Hamas on Sunday announced to dissolve the Gaza administrative committee and allow the consensus government of President Mahmoud Abbas to govern in its place and hold general elections.

The Palestinian Authority, controlled by Fatah and based in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, fought a war with Hamas over Gaza in 2007, which led to Hamas taking over.

Repeated attempts at reconciliation between the two factions have failed in the past.

Egypt relayed Fatah demands to Hamas that as a first step, it must dissolve the administrative committee and allow their unity government - formed in 2014 - to take charge.

In a statement, Hamas said the decision was a response to Egyptian efforts at reconciliation, and called on Palestinian government ministers in Ramallah to come to Gaza and "fully assume their roles".

Hamas on Tuesday said it was ready to reconciliation talks with the Fatah without preconditions.

The Gaza administrative committee is the de facto government in region after Hamas defeated Fatah in parliamentary elections in 2006.

Mahmoud Aloul, another Fatah official, told the Voice of Palestine radio that the news from Cairo is encouraging, but that: 'We want to see that happening on the ground before we move to the next step'.

Punishing measures included reducing electricity payments for the Gaza strip and cutting salaries for civil servants there.

Hamas - who remain on the United Nations terror list - has been greatly weakened by an Isaeli and Egyptian blockade, three wars and worldwide isolation.

Gaza's economy is in tatters and it has one of the world's highest unemployment rates. Abbas sent a delegation of representatives to Egypt as well.

However, he wondered if "Hamas committee is the only obstacle for reaching full reconciliation and ending internal division", saying that he is "personally consciously optimistic", because there are many questions that need answers.

Egypt has been brokering talks with Fatah to implement a deal signed in 2011 in Cairo with Hamas to end their dispute and form an interim government before elections.

Israel has blockaded Gaza for a decade, and its border with Egypt has also remained largely closed in recent years.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top How Analysts Feel About Weir Group PLC (LON:WEIR)?
Sep 18, 2017 - 00:20
The Firm operates through IMI Critical Engineering, IMI precision engineering and IMI hydronic engineering divisions. RBC Capital Markets maintained RSA Insurance Group plc (LON:RSA) on Tuesday, July 28 with "Sector Perform" rating.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tactical masterclass from Conte helps 10-man Chelsea shut out Arsenal
Sep 18, 2017 - 00:15
It was excessive force. "Sometimes the opponents deserve a red card but, instead, they carry on playing with 11 men". Speaking afterwards Wenger said: "It was a game of quality and intensity all over the pitch and we battled well".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'Narcos' Location Manager Killed In Mexico, Vehicle Sprayed With Bullets
Sep 17, 2017 - 00:25
The vehicle was found on an unnamed dirt road in San Bartolo Actopan, part of the municipality of Temascalapa. It is not known why, but Carlos' body was found hours later in the compact auto with several shots.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top XI beat Pakistan by 7 wickets in 2nd T-20
Sep 16, 2017 - 00:30
The World XI won the second match of the three-game T20 series titled Independence Cup, defeating the hosts by seven wickets. Amla, the classy right-handed opener, remained unbeaten for a splendid 55-ball 72 laced with five fours and two sixes.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Minecraft is available for New Nintendo 3DS right now
Sep 15, 2017 - 00:14
The game is playable on the New 3DS , New 3DS XL and New 2DS XL - leaving original 2DS, 3DS and 3DS XL owners in the dust.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top India, Japan agree to further strengthen Indo-Pacific cooperation
Sep 15, 2017 - 00:13
They pledged to reinforce their efforts to align Japan's Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy with India's Act East Policy. With defence cooperation largely limited in the area of maritime security, both countries seek to expand it.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top About 6.1 million without power in US Southeast after Irma: utilities
Sep 14, 2017 - 00:41
The company said, however, it could request an increase if storm restoration costs exceed $800 million in any calendar year. FPL said on Tuesday it planned to restore power to eastern Florida by this weekend and to western Florida by September 22.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top OPEC Drops Oil Production First Time since March to Drain Global Glut
Sep 14, 2017 - 00:39
The EIA also raised their USA oil demand forecast to 20.38 million barrels a day up from 20.3 million barrels. The Gulf of Mexico's production also dropped by 70,000 bbl/d from July, averaging 1.6 MMbb/d for August.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Volkswagen updates the ID Crozz, revealed at 2017 Frankfurt Motorshow
Sep 13, 2017 - 00:05
Audi and Porsche both had EVs in the works well before VW Group's longtime investment in diesel turned toxic. VW says the auto will still handle like a GTI and its battery can be charged to 80 percent in 30 minutes.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'It' Movie Shakes Box Office: 'Massive, Record Breaking' Weekend Opening
Sep 12, 2017 - 00:28
Like a juggernaut, this horror film is cutting through the competition like a hot knife through cheese. Soon, it will be the only August 2017 release that will reach $100 million at the domestic box office.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Janet Jackson Gets Emotional While Singing 'What About' in Houston
Sep 12, 2017 - 00:27
Janet Jackson broke down in tears on stage at her concert in Houston on Saturday as she sang emotional abuse song What About. The moment came after her performance of the song "What About", from her 1997 album " The Velvet Rope ".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top North Korea Not a Nuclear Power, Says Putin
Sep 11, 2017 - 00:19
Putin also called for the re-implementation of worldwide law and dialogue among concerned parties over the North Korea issue. President Donald Trump was scheduled to speak with with Chinese President Xi Jinping of China on Wednesday morning.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 5 overreactions from win over Pitt
Sep 11, 2017 - 00:16
There's running back Saquon Barkley , a Heisman hopeful. "The explosive plays just don't happen if you're calling a deep shot". In hindsight, falling to the Panthers may have kept Penn State out of the College Football Playoff.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Quake death toll: 32 victims in 3 states
Sep 11, 2017 - 00:15
Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto announced on Twitter there will be three days of national mourning for those who have died. The death toll in the massive quake in Mexico has risen to at least five people, including two children in Tabasco state.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rafael Nadal Advances to US Open Final
Sep 10, 2017 - 02:09
At 5:30 P.M. log into your chosen cable provider and jump into the game between Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro . He's a huge player with an unbelievable serve and he plays so well on these kinds of surfaces.