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Fatah: Israel seeks to undermine Palestinian reconciliation

November 1, 2017 at 8:57 am

Procession and funeral for the seven Palestinians killed in an Israeli attack on a tunnel in the Gaza Strip on 30 October 2017 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Israel attempted to undermine the internal Palestinian reconciliation by bombing a tunnel in Gaza, senior Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad said yesterday.

Speaking to Quds Press, Al-Ahmad said: “The aggression on the Gaza Strip is aggression on all the Palestinian people,” noting that the “Israeli aggression on the Palestinians will never stop.”

“Israeli is looking for fake pretexts to justify its aggressive attacks in order to undermine the continuous efforts to end the division, achieve the national reconciliation and regain hope for Palestinians.”

The Fatah official, who is in charge of the reconciliation file, stressed that the consequences of the “Israeli aggression will never affect the reconciliation.” He stated that the Palestinians “are going in the right direction towards ending the division.”

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Meanwhile, Al-Ahmad announced that the Government of National Accord will take over control of the Rafah crossing today. “We will never go backwards,” he said. This date was set by Fatah and Hamas in the deal they reached in Cairo three weeks ago.

On Monday afternoon, the Israeli occupation announced it had targeted a cross border Palestinian tunnel. Seven people were killed as a result with 12 wounded. Four remain missing.