Hamas official says no to talks with Fatah
A senior Hamas official has dismissed any reconciliation talks with Fatah. According to the AP, Sami Khater, a member of the Hamas' Damascus-based branch, said Arab and international donations to reconstruct the war-devastated Gaza should go directly to Hamas and not to rival Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose faction rules the West Bank.
He added Abbas and his Palestinian Authority cannot be trusted. Khater added a Hamas delegation will travel to Cairo this weekend for talks with Egyptian mediators on ways to consolidate a Gaza cease-fire in place since last Sunday.