Special Report: Palestine-Israel Conflicts
GAZA, April 11 (Xinhua) -- Hamas and Palestinian
president Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement talked about ending cracking down
against each other's in Gaza Strip and the West Bank, a Fatah official said on
"Fatah delegation agreed with Hamas on the necessity
of ending the political arrests in the Gaza Strip and West Bank," Ibraheem Abu
al-Najja, Fatah representative in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, told local
radio Saturday morning.
The meeting was held on Wednesday after Abbas sent
two Fatah envoys to the Gaza Strip for the first time since Hamas routed his
forces and ousted his movement in deadly fighting in 2007.
"We demanded Hamas to release our prisoners here
while Hamas demanded the release of its supporters in the West Bank," according
to Abu al-Najja. "The politically-motivated arrests are rejected."
Meanwhile, Abu al-Najja also said the Gaza meetings
were not an alternative to the broader inter-Palestinian dialogue that Egypt
hosts and sponsors.
"There would be no objection to discuss how to get
out from the outstanding issues," he added.
The Palestinian factions will return to continue the
dialogue in Cairo later this month, trying to agree on a political program of a
unity government that would restore political unity to the Gaza Strip and the