Over the past several weeks, Hamas Chief Yahya Sinwar has taken violent measures to make sure that the Palestinian reconciliation agreement between his organization and Fatah would not be sabotaged.

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Palestinian leaders Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Among those responsible for leading the Palestinian reconciliation agreement was Hamas Chief Yahya Sinwar. However, several weeks ago, to ensure that things went smoothly, Sinwar promised to kill anyone who would attempt to undermine the agreement.

One of the agreement’s biggest critics is senior-level Hamas leader Fathi Hammad. Last week, the head of Hamas’s military wing Marwan Issa paid him a visit and threatened him. The military wing went on to confiscate Hammad’s vehicles and generators. In another case, Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar received a warning and several members of the military wing were instructed to watch him at his house.

As reported last week by JOL, Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh announced that his organization and Fatah have reached a reconciliation agreement. Security cooperation could include, among other things, the deployment of 3,000 Fatah security officers, who would join the Gaza police force over a period of 12 months. Such a move would restore a great deal of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ influence in Gaza while weakening Hamas’ control.