Palestinian Authority security forces have detained 12 Hamas supporters in different locations of the West Bank, Hamas said. Wednesday's arrests came as representatives from the rival factions of Hamas and Fatah, which controls the West Bank, held reconciliation talks in Cairo.
The meeting, which took place late Tuesday, was attended by the head of Fatah's parliamentary bloc, Azam al-Ahmad, Fatah spokesman Ahmed Abdel-Rahman and senior Hamas officials Jamal Abu-Hashim and Ayman Taha, al-Arabiya TV said. The two Hamas officials were in Cairo as part of the talks to reach a ceasefire with the Israelis. The talks came ahead of the upcoming comprehensive national dialogue expected to be attended by Hamas and Fateh later this month in Cairo.