Egyptian security delegation arrives in Gaza for talks


Fatah officials have demanded that the PA control all weapons in the Strip, while Hamas officials have stated that their armed wing, the Izzeldin Kassam Brigades, will not be disarmed. Hamas member Khalil al-Hayya told reporters on Monday that the organization's weapons arsenal is not up for debate and that Hamas intends to move it into the West Bank and continue its actions against Israel from there. "It is our right to resist the occupation until it ends".

As part of the reconciliation agreement between the two factions, the Palestinian Authority, which is run by Fatah, is demanding that Hamas disarm, so that it can gain security control over Gaza.

The Egyptian delegation entered Gaza through the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing as the Egyptian officials are expected to meet with Hamas officials and discuss the reconciliation process, including the steps that were taken to enable the Palestinian government to assume its responsibilities in Gaza.

Multiple previous reconciliation attempts between the Palestinian factions have failed.

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He added that Hamas had called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to "conduct the necessary consultations with all parties to hold comprehensive elections simultaneously".

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed an agreement on October 12 to end a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt in Cairo, with President Abbas calling it a final accord.

The two factions agreed to allow the unity government to assume responsibility for all of Gaza's border crossings no later than November 1.

An Egyptian security delegation arrived in the Gaza Strip on Monday afternoon ahead of the December 1 deadline in order to supervise the full transfer of power from Hamas to the Palestinian Authority. Israel captured all three areas in the 1967 Six-Day War, although it withdrew from Gaza in 2005.