July 22, 2020, 02:29 AM
‘This will open a new era of relations between Hamas and Fatah’
Senior Fatah and Hamas officials are meeting in Gaza on Tuesday to discuss a joint rally they plan to schedule in the coming days, Saudi television outlet Al-Resalah reported.
Leaders of rival Palestinian movements are expected to speak at the meeting, including Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh.
“This will open a new era of relations between Hamas and Fatah,” said Hussam Badran, a senior Hamas official.
A major conflict between the two movements led Hamas to expel Fatah in a bloody coup from the Gaza Strip in 2007.
Since then, several unsuccessful attempts have been made to create a unified Palestinian political front.
Despite a possible speech by Mahmoud Abbas, many Palestinians remain deeply skeptical about the willingness of the two sides to reach an agreement.
During a rare joint press conference, Fatah and Hamas, respectively in power in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, had said they wanted to open “a new page.”