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Hamas and Fatah agree on Gaza employee issue

Former employers of the government gather inside the government building in the occupied West Bank [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Hamas and Fatah appear to have reached agreement on the vexed issue of the employees engaged in Gaza by the Islamic Resistance Movement during its time running the government in the enclave, Al-Resalah has reported.

"We are seeking a solution that guarantees old employees to have an honourable return to their work and guarantees the rights of new employees," explained senior Hamas official Salah Al-Bardawil on Tuesday. The movements, he told a press conference, have a "verbal agreement" regarding the employee issue.

"Hamas wants to remove all obstacles ahead of a full handover of the Gaza Strip in a way that reserves the rights of all employees," said Al-Bardawil. "We are waiting for the 10th of this month to confirm the full handover of the government." In the meantime, he confirmed, all of the ministers in Gaza are working properly.

Expressing his hope that matters move forward smoothly, the Hamas spokesman pointed out that this will let the people of Palestine feel the end of the political split.  "I hope that at the start of next week all people also feel the end of the punitive measures imposed on Gaza," he concluded.

Read: PA to pay Gaza employee salaries

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