World Bulletin / News Desk
The affiliations of security agencies in the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank will not change even after the formation of a national unity government in the Palestinian territories within weeks, a senior Hamas leader said Thursday.
"The national unity government will unify government institutions in Gaza and the West Bank," Moussa Abu Marzouq, a member of the political office of Hamas, said during a meeting with Gaza Interior Minister Fathi Hamad and top ministry officials.
"The security agencies, however, will continue to function as is the case now until a government is formed after the elections," the website of the Gaza Interior Ministry quoted him as adding.
Hamas decries member's arrest in W. Bank
Palestinian resistance movement Hamas on Thursday accused the Palestinian Authority (PA)'s security apparatus of arresting one of its members and summoning six others in different cities of the occupied West Bank.
"The PA has stepped up detentions… of resistance elements in various West Bank cities within the context of its ongoing security coordination with Israel," Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, said in a statement.
"Security agencies [in the PA-controlled West Bank] have continued their political detentions in disregard of the reconciliation deal [signed last week] between the Palestinian factions," the movement added.
Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, and Fatah, which rules the occupied West Bank, signed a reconciliation deal on April 23, ending divisions that had persisted since 2007.
The two movements agreed to form a national unity government within weeks to oversee planned legislative elections, which will be followed by the formation of the government based on the outcome of the elections.
Nevertheless, security coordination between the PA and Israel continues to irk Hamas, for whom resistance to the self-proclaimed Jewish state remains a core principle.Last Mod: 02 Mayıs 2014, 09:19