Abbas Demands Hamas Hand Gaza Strip to Palestinian Authority

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during the 66th General Assembly Session at the United Nations on September 23, 2011 in New York City. The annual event, which is being dominated this year by the Palestinian's bid for full membership, gathers more than 100 heads of state and government for …
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The Times of Israel reports: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday renewed his demand that Hamas hand control over the entire Gaza Strip to the PA government, starting with the terror group’s security forces.

“The Gaza Strip has been hijacked by Hamas,” Abbas said, during a joint press conference in Ramallah with visiting Bulgarian President Rumen Radev. “They must immediately hand over everything, first and foremost security, to the Palestinian national consensus government.”

Abbas said that his ruling Fatah faction and Hamas had already agreed on the issue of empowering the PA government in the Gaza Strip.He was referring to the Egyptian-brokered “reconciliation” agreement that was signed in Cairo between the two parties in October 2017.

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