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Hamas: Fatah of working to sabotage reconciliation efforts

August 6, 2018 at 9:35 am

Fatah Commissioner of National Affairs and Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad (2nd R) and Hamas Political Bureau member Saleh Aruri (2nd L) sign an agreement on building a consensus in Cairo, Egypt on October 12, 2017. ( Ahmed Gamil – Anadolu Agency )

Hamas said that it had been subject to a “systematic disinformation campaign” by rival Fatah which “is working to sabotage Egyptian efforts to reach an internal reconciliation”.

In a press release, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri called for Fatah to “give up its pride” and “recognise that it failed to win [Palestinian] elections and it is not more than a [Palestinian] faction.”

He stressed that “the only way of legitimacy is the ballot boxes or the national consensus,” adding that the term of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has expired.

Abu Zuhri’s remarks came after a statement issued by Fatah in which it claimed that Hamas “ignores the Palestinian interests” and accused it of rejecting the Palestinian reconciliation.

Meanwhile, Fatah official Moneer Al-Jaghoub, according to Quds Press, said that “Hamas continues damaging the Palestinian unity and wasting the Palestinians and their cause.”

Al-Jaghoub said that his movement had warned the Palestinians and their factions regarding “the conspiracies being plotted against them represented by the ‘deal of the century’.”

He noted that the core of the plots is establishing a “pale” entity in the Gaza Strip in return for ignoring all the Palestinian rights.

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