Tuesday, December 12th | 24 Kislev 5778

Close

Be in the know!

Get our exclusive daily news briefing.

Subscribe
October 2, 2017 10:31 am

Palestinian PM Hamdallah Visits Hamas-Ruled Gaza Strip for First Time in Two Years

avatar by JNS.org

Email a copy of "Palestinian PM Hamdallah Visits Hamas-Ruled Gaza Strip for First Time in Two Years" to a friend

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. Photo: Alchetron.

JNS.org – Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah arrived in the Gaza Strip on Monday for the first time since 2015, as the PA and its rival, the Gaza-ruling terror group Hamas, initiated the first steps in forming a unity government.

Hamdallah’s visit was intended as the first symbolic move toward transferring custodianship of the coastal territory from Hamas to the PA.

Upon arrival, Hamdallah and his 30-vehicle motorcade were greeted by Hamas members as well as members of the PA’s ruling party, Fatah. A crowd of 2,000 people gathered to hear the high-ranking PA official deliver an address.

“The only way to statehood is through unity,” Hamdallah said. “We are coming to Gaza again to deepen the reconciliation and end the split.”

Related coverage

December 11, 2017 4:16 pm
0

German Chancellor Leads Condemnation of Antisemitic Outrages in Wake Of US Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday condemned the angry antisemitic demonstrations that broke out in various cities in her country...

“The government began to exercise its roles in Gaza from today,” he said, praising Hamas for agreeing to hand over governance of the territory to the PA, and lauding Egypt for mediating the reconciliation deal.

The latest move towards Palestinian reconciliation comes after months of economic and political pressure applied by the PA against Hamas, including the PA’s decision to significantly cut its subsidization of Gaza’s electricity bill and stop paying salaries of government workers and former prisoners in Gaza.

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner

Algemeiner.com