World Bulletin / News Desk
"The move is aimed at establishing control over Gaza’s [Hamas-run] police stations," Wasil Abu Yousef, a senior member of the PLO's authoritative Executive Committee, said Monday.
Late last year, Gaza-based Hamas and the West Bank-based Fatah movement (which leads the PLO) signed a landmark reconciliation deal in Cairo aimed at ending a decade of bitter political division.
The agreement called for several confidence-building measures, including the dispatch of 3,000 policemen from the Ramallah-based Palestinian government to Gaza.
The measures, however, have yet to be implemented, due primarily to deep-seated differences between the rival factions over administrative and security-related issues.
Following a meeting in Ramallah last month, the PLO Executive Committee drew up a special panel tasked with -- among other things -- following up on the stalled reconciliation process.
The panel’s recommendations are now expected to be presented at a meeting of the Executive Committee slated for next week.
It remains unclear, however, whether the Executive Committee -- led by Palestinian President (and Fatah Chairman) Mahmoud Abbas -- will implement the panel’s recommendations.
Hamas, for its part, which remains in de facto control of the blockaded Gaza Strip, has yet to officially comment on the recommendations.
Trump administration makes request following backlash over its immigration policy
President says he will take ‘preemptive’ action to halt the actions that have drawn widespread criticism
Al-Sadr’s Sairoon bloc fails to form governing coalition with Al-Wataniya, National Wisdom Movement
Top Trump advisers arrive in Cairo after earlier stops in Jordan, Saudi Arabia
Official results of May 12 elections have been dogged by controversy
Muhammed Ebu Dekka was wounded by Israeli gunfire on May 14, says Palestinian Health Ministry
Protestors march from Bryant Park to United Nations headquarters
U.S. withdrew from UN rights council, accusing it of being hypocritical and biased against Israel
New rule is latest effort by Trump to dismantle former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act
Foreigners buy over 2,400 houses, marking a 36.1 percent rise year-on-year, according to official report
Over 1.4 million Turkish expats have cast their votes
Antonio Guterres 'would have much preferred for the United States to remain in the Human Rights Council,' spokesman says
Long sentence would set ‘strong precedent’ against Islamophobia
"Officials do not want to report these crimes," Trump says without presenting any evidence
Israeli national security adviser meets Russian counterpart in Moscow to discuss Syrian developments