Hamas says ready for reconciliation with Fatah

Ismail Haniya was elected as Hamas leader in May 2017MAHMUD HAMS

Ismail Haniya was elected as Hamas leader in May 2017MAHMUD HAMS

Repeated attempts at reconciliation have failed since Hamas drove forces loyal to Abbas from the Gaza Strip in 2007, a year after defeating Fatah in parliament elections.

Fatah, which dominates the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank, has not yet commented on the moves by Hamas.

Hamas announced on Sunday that it has dissolved its administration of the Gaza strip, and would be prepared to commence talks with Fatah on holding general elections and forming a unity government.

The Palestinian Authority, controlled by Fatah and based in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, fought a war with Hamas over Gaza in 2007, which led to Hamas taking over.

The statement called on Palestinian government ministers in Ramallah to come to Gaza and fully assume their roles, however, the PA still has not responded to the statement, as Palestinian president is about to leave to NY for the United Nations General Assembly session, where he will meet U.S president, Donald Trump.

Since then, the Palestinian leadership has been divided between two rival governments.

It added that it had decided to make the announcement in response to Egyptian efforts to achieve reconciliation and end the internal Palestinian division.

Hamas, however, has been greatly weakened by an Israeli and Egyptian blockade, three wars with Israel and global isolation.

But Egyptian reports said a Fatah delegation was in Egypt on Saturday to discuss a possible reconciliation.

Despite Sunday's announcement, any reconciliation deal would still face many obstacles.

In its statement, Hamas said that it meets " generous efforts of egyptians, which reflect desire of egypt to end division and achieve reconciliation" and talks about his " desire to achieve national unity ".

The Gaza Strip has faced deteriorating humanitarian conditions, with a severe electricity crisis and a lack of clean water, among other issues.

The coastal enclave of some two million people also has one of the world's highest unemployment rates.