Fatah Official: PA May Consider Declaring Gaza Strip a ‘Rebel District’

Palestinian Hamas actors dressed up as suicide bombers, one of Hamas (L) and the other of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, in a play depicting them planning the attack on the Israeli port in Ashdood in front of a painting of former Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, a burning Star …
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The Times of Israel reports:  The Palestinian Authority may study the possibility of declaring the Gaza Strip a rogue area, solidifying the split between the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

A senior Fatah official told The Times of Israel on Tuesday that he could not rule out the possibility of declaring the Gaza Strip as a “rebel district” if the crisis between Hamas and Fatah is not resolved in the near future. In a speech before Palestinian leaders on Monday evening, Abbas threatened to take “national, legal, and financial measures” against Hamas. However, Abbas did not provide further details about his planned sanctions.

The Fatah official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, said during an interview in his office in Ramallah that declaring the Gaza Strip a “rebel district” would exempt the PA government from all its responsibilities toward the coastal enclave.

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