Egypt pressures Hamas to use restraint
Control of Gaza border crossings handed over to PAHamas handed over the control of the Gaza border crossings on the Palestinian side to the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday in accordance with the reconciliation deal between the two rival factions.
In accordance with the reconciliation deal between the two Palestinian factions, Hamas transferred the control of the Gaza border crossings to the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday morning. The Palestinian terrorist group in Gaza stated that the PA has assumed control over the border crossings also in response to the recent assassination attempt on a senior Hamas member.
Pictures of PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who helped mediate between Hamas and the PA, were hung at the Rafah border crossing, which connects Egypt and the Gaza Strip.
Last week, JOL reported that Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar said that his organization will never disarm, according to the Palestinian news agency Ma’an. Sinwar’s statement was made in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks that Israel will not accept the reconciliation deal unless the terrorist organization disarms itself and recognizes the State of Israel. “We as a people are still in the process of a national liberation and we can’t give up our weapons,” Sinwar said during a meeting with professional unions in Gaza.
“Our weapons must also be underneath the PLO’s umbrella,” Sinwar continued. “Our weapons are the Palestinian people’s property, we see them as part of the liberation process and we won’t use them to solve the internal conflict.”
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