Hamas and Fatah prepare for new unity government
Fatah's Mahmoud Abbas pictured with the leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal (File/AFP)
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The Palestinian groups of Hamas and Fatah are gearing up to form a national unity government, Press TV reports.
The two factions have held yet another round of talks in the besieged Gaza Strip on the formation of the new government, which is expected to be announced later this week.
This comes days after the rival groups took a major step to form a national unity government by hammering out a deal on new cabinet ministers.
Last month, Gaza-based Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which includes Fatah party, reached a reconciliation deal to resolve their differences.
Under the deal, Hamas and Fatah are to form a unity government within five weeks and hold national elections six months later.
Angered by the unity pact, the Tel Aviv regime suspended the so-called peace talks with the Palestinian Authority on April 24 and threatened to impose further sanctions against Palestinians.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Abbas should “tear up” the pact with Hamas, adding that Tel Aviv would not engage in talks with the Palestinian Authority while the group has the backing of Hamas.
Meanwhile, the rival Palestinian factions also expressed their solidarity with prisoners in Israeli jails.
More than 120 Palestinian inmates have been refusing to eat since April 24 to protest their illegitimate detention.
Palestinian officials say scores of these hunger striking prisoners have been moved to hospital in critical condition.
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