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February 23, 2015 2:36 pm

Palestinian Discord Hindering Gaza Reconstruction, Arab League Head Says

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Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby said tensions between Hamas and the PA are hindering Gaza reconstruction efforts. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Discord between the Palestinian terror group Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) is hindering efforts to rebuild the Gaza Strip, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby said.

“The internal differences and the absence of cooperation between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas are behind the delay in reconstructing the Gaza Strip,” Elaraby told the U.K.-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat.

Last October, following the summer war between Israel and Hamas, international donors pledged $5.4 billion in aid to reconstruct Gaza during a conference in Cairo. Elaraby said that he is working with donor countries to help facilitate reconstruction efforts through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees.

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Elaraby also condemned Egypt for recently designating Hamas’s “military wing,” the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, as a terrorist organization.

Last year, Hamas and Fatah (the political party that controls the PA) signed an agreement to form a unity government. But the two sides have continued open hostilities, and Hamas has said the unity deal is dead.

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