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Hamas calls on Palestinian government to visit Gaza

Senior Hamas Leader Mousa Abu-Marzouk yesterday called for the members of the Palestinian government based in Ramallah to visit the Gaza Strip and carry out their work.

After a meeting with journalists and writers in Gaza, Abu-Marzouk said: "The unity government must carry out its work in the Gaza Strip in order to be able to manage the crossings and the reconstruction process."

He called for the government to work on facilitating the entrance of the humanitarian and relief aid into the Strip, expressing Hamas' consent on the committee of five formed by the Fatah Central Committee to continue dialogue with Hamas.

Abu-Marzouk said: "From here, a call for the Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to implement all what we have agreed on in Cairo, invite the temporary committee for the PLO to meet, in any place he wants, in order to carry out its tasks and to issue the needed decrees for the convention of the Palestinian Legislative Council."

The Hamas official called for Abbas to sign the Rome Statute in order to be able to prosecute Israel occupation for war crimes in the ICC.

About the defamation campaign waged by Fatah against his movement, Abu-Marzouk said Hamas does not solve problems with Fatah through media.

About the mechanisms for the reconciliation government to reflect unity on the ground, he said: "We need good intentions… One of the main tasks of the government is the unification of the Palestinian institutions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and to prepare for the elections."

Regarding the ceasefire, he said: "Hamas is committed to the ceasefire as long as the Israeli occupation is committed to it."

He said that there are discussions about improving the Beit Hanoun Crossing to be appropriate for people and goods.

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