Senior Fatah official and Palestinian Authority (PA) minister Hussein Al-Sheikh has said that his movement would never accept national unity with Hamas.
Speaking on TV, he said: "Forming a national unity government reinforces division and we will never accept this even if all of us perished."
He added: "We will never allow this to happen under any circumstances. We will never allow a reactionist faction, who does not believe in partners and kills democracy, to rule the country."
Al-Sheikh continued: "I am not speaking about a national unity government with Hamas because this reinforces the division."
He concluded: "In 2006, we recognised that we would lose the elections, but insisted to go, beaten and Hamas won."