(Worthy News) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is close to announcing a series of additional punitive measures against the Gaza Strip, as Egyptian efforts to end the power struggle between his Fatah faction and Hamas appear to have reached a dead end, Palestinian sources in Ramallah said on Wednesday.
In the past two days, a senior Fatah delegation headed by Azzam al-Ahmad held talks in Cairo with top Egyptian intelligence officials and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to discuss the ongoing dispute with Hamas and efforts to achieve a cease-fire between Gaza-based factions and Israel.
Ahmad told reporters after the meeting with Shoukry that he presented the top Egyptian diplomat with Fatah’s stance on the continued power struggle with Hamas. Ahmad said he made it clear that ending the Fatah-Hamas rift and achieving Palestinian national unity was an important factor in “thwarting Israeli schemes” against the Palestinians. [ Source: Jerusalem Post (Read More…) ]