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Hamas: We're shocked by Abbas's threats,  meeting with Fatah must be attended by  other factions

last update : 20/04/2017 - 01:33 PM ( Since 4 months )

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Gaza,(Alresalah.ps)--  Hamas held on Tuesday  a press conference in Gaza talking about several issues relating the political situation of the Palestinian cause.

Member of Hamas's political bureau Khalil Al-Hayya said that Hamas must wit with Fatah delegation in  the presence of the other Palestinian factions that they might be witness to the talks," he said

Al-Hayya demanded  PA's  President Mahmoud Abbas to  retreat  his recent decisions of  cutging  the salaries of [Palestinian Authority] employees working in Gaza, and reduction of  subsidies allocated  for Gaza’s poor, and raising  taxes on Gaza’s only functioning power plant.

 "We have been shocked by President Abbas’ threats against the people of Gaza, who deserve to live in dignity like anyone else ." Al-Hayya said.

Al-Hayya went on to assert that recent moves by Abbas constituted “collective punishment for all Gazans, regardless of their political affiliations -- even those that belong to Fatah itself”.

Last week, Abbas announced plans to take "unprecedented steps” in regards to the Gaza Strip.

 “We are passing through a very dangerous situation that requires us to take decisive steps," Abbas said in a speech delivered to Palestinian diplomats in Bahrain.

While Abbas did not specify as to what “decisive steps” would be taken, some observers believe he is preparing to sever the Ramallah-based government's relations with Gaza if Hamas rejects his demand to dissolve a recently formed “administrative committee”.

Hamas said that the committee was formed because the government refuses to take its responsibilities in the besieged strip.

Early this month, PA employees who work in the Gaza Strip were dismayed to find that the Ramallah government had cut their March salaries by some 30 percent.

Rami al-Hamdallah, head of the Ramallah government, has since said that PA employees in the Gaza Strip would receive their full salaries depending on the availability of funds and Hamas’s response to certain political demands.

In 2014, Hamas and Fatah -- which govern the Gaza Strip and the West Bank respectively -- agreed in principle to establish a unity government.

 

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