Gaza security bans meeting of unity govt officials

Security forces reportedly informed al-Atira that her planned meeting with the employees – who haven't been to work since 2007 – had been banned

Gaza security bans meeting of unity govt officials
World Bulletin / News Desk
 
 Palestinian security forces in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday preempted a planned meeting between Environmental Quality Authority head Adala al-Atira and her staff from the Palestinian Authority (PA), who had not come to work since Hamas took control of the coastal enclave in 2007.

"I held a meeting with the Environmental Quality Authority's older employees without including employees of the former Hamas government to discuss work and the current employee crisis," al-Atira told The Anadolu Agency in a statement.

"A few minutes into the meeting, armed security forces arrived to the Mashtal hotel in Gaza – where the meeting was taking place – and asked everyone to leave immediately," she said.

Security forces reportedly informed al-Atira that her planned meeting with the employees – who haven't been to work since 2007 – had been banned, without providing a reason.

The Interior Ministry in Gaza could not be immediately reached for comment.

After taking control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, some 55,000 employees stopped going to work on the orders of the Ramallah-based PA, which has continued to pay their salaries up until the present.

In response, the Hamas government – under former Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh – had hired some 45,000 employees.

In April, rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas signed a reconciliation deal that led to the formation of a unity government two months later.

The unity government did not recognize the legitimacy of the Hamas-hired employees and therefore refused to pay their salaries.

The new unity government has yet to assume responsibility for the Gaza Strip, of which Hamas remains in de facto control.

 

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