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Growing disputes between Fatah, Hamas threaten unity government

English.news.cn   2014-07-01 04:49:43

GAZA/RAMALLAH, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Disputes between Islamic Hamas movement and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party have been growing recently, threatening the previous reconciliation reached by the two parties earlier before.

Over the past two days, Hamas movement officials accused the unity government of neglecting the Gaza Strip and not meeting the basic needs of the enclave's populations, threatening to carry out alternative steps.

Sami Abu Zuhri, spokesman for Hamas in Gaza said in a press statement that there is a serious administrative vacuum that the Gaza Strip suffers from, adding that "so far the ministers of the unity government from the West Bank didn't communicate their deputies in the Gaza Strip."

"In fact, the current unity government is just an extension to the former government in Ramallah and it deals with the Gaza Strip as an illegal entity, including its employees and its ministries," said Abu Zurhi.

Earlier in June, Hamas strongly protested against the unity government for not paying the salaries of more than 40,000 employees. These employees were employed by Hamas after the Islamic movement's takeover of the Gaza Strip in June 2007.

The unity government announced that it won't be able to pay the salaries of Hamas employees due to a severe financial crisis the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) suffers from.

According to officials, the unity government has formed a technical committee to study a solution for the crisis within four months.

"The residents in the Gaza Strip pay the heavy price of discrimination and neglect that is practiced by the unity government," Abu Zuhri said, adding that "Hamas movement won't stay silent for too long for such a situation."

However, he said that Hamas "really wants to see the unity government succeeding and doing its job properly," adding that " but if this situation continues, Hamas will study the future of the Gaza Strip with other powers and factions."

The spokesman of Hamas didn't reveal the options of his movement, but sources close to Hamas said that Hamas is seeking to form a joint committee to run the Gaza Strip instead of the unity government.

Asked about the influence of forming a Gaza-ruling joint committee on the reconciliation, Abu Zuhri said the reconciliation is "frozen," adding that the parliament didn't even meet.

"It is obvious that Hamas' high flexibility and handing over the government in Gaza to the unity government was misunderstood and Fatah movement didn't show any commitment to anything agreed upon in our reconciliation agreements," said Abu Zuhri.

Abu Zuhri's statements coincided with a Hamas lawmaker' call on the four ministers of the unity government from the Gaza Strip to resign as a move to protest against the unity government.

Meanwhile, Amin Maqbool, speaker of Fatah Party's revolutionary council said that Hamas threats and accusations showed clearly that Hamas movement aimed to escape from the reconciliation.

Earlier this week, leaders of various factions, including Hamas, held a meeting in Gaza with the ministers of the unity government from Gaza to discuss the crisis.

After the meeting, the ministers in Gaza received a letter signed by the Palestinian factions in Gaza, calling on the unity government to resolve crisis of Gaza employees' salaries, Ma'moon Abu Shahla, the unity government's minister of work said.

"We will send the letter to Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah," said Abu Shahla, adding that "the unity government is doing its best and exert every possible effort to find a solution to the problem of salaries."

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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