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Hamas calls on Fatah to implement reconciliation deal

The Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas has called upon rival secular movement Fatah to send a delegation to the Gaza Strip to complete the implementation of the reconciliation deal reached in April between both movements, Palestine Online news reported.

Citing a press release, the news outlet quoted Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu-Zuhri as saying: "Hamas is calling upon Fatah to prioritise national interests and maintain the victory that the Palestinian resistance has achieved in the Gaza Strip."

He continued: "We call on Fatah to stop its unjustified propaganda war waged against Hamas. We also call on it to send a delegation of its leaders to the Strip in order to complete the implementation of the reconciliation deal and resolve any outstanding issues."

Fatah's Central Committee decided on Monday to form a delegation of five of its members to resume talks with Hamas in order to discuss the fate of the unity government. Fatah senior leader Amin Maqboul reported the news.

Earlier, on Saturday, Fatah had accused Hamas of committing crimes against its members in Gaza, saying this presents obstacles ahead of national reconciliation and the unity government.

In that statement, Fatah accused Hamas of shooting its members, torturing them and putting over 300 of them under house arrest during the war. Such measures, however, were only publically taken against those who were thought to be collaborating with the Israeli occupation.

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