PA to take over administrative control of Gaza


GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — The Palestinian Authority (PA) government’s premier, Rami Hamdallah, on Monday announced that his government would start to assume its responsibilities in the Gaza Strip.

In a speech he delivered at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the northern Gaza Strip upon his arrival, Hamdallah said, “The government’s success depends on its ability to make a positive impact on citizens’ lives.”

Hamdallah described Hamas’s decision to dissolve the administrative committee as an “important step”, affirming that alleviating the suffering of the Gazan people is a top priority for his government.

“We came at the orders of president Mahmoud Abbas to announce that the Palestinian state cannot be without geographic unity between the West Bank and Gaza”, he added.

He continued that there will be a unified strategy for the reconstruction of Gaza, pointing out that all pending issues will be addressed, primarily the issue of the PA employees in Gaza.

Hamdallah praised the Egyptian efforts made to end the Palestinian division since the formation of the national consensus government in 2014 until this moment.

A delegation from the Ramallah-based PA government, led by Hamdallah, arrived in the Gaza Strip on Monday. A meeting with the head of Hamas’s Political Bureau, Ismail Haneyya, is scheduled to be held later in the day, while the cabinet weekly meeting is set to be held in Gaza city on Tuesday.

This visit came after Hamas decided on 17th September to dissolve the Gaza Strip administrative committee and called on the PA government to come and assume its responsibilities in the coastal enclave in response to Egypt’s efforts to achieve Palestinian reconciliation. (PIC)

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