Fatah official, Legislative Council members arrive in Gaza
Published Wednesday 22/01/2014 (updated) 23/01/2014 14:58
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Fatah official and two Palestinian Legislative Council members have arrived in the Gaza Strip to hold meetings with Hamas.
Fatah official Fawhi Fattouh arrived in Gaza on Wednesday, while Legislative Council members Majid Abu Shammalah and Alaa Yaghi arrived Tuesday, a Fatah spokesman told Ma'an.
Though Fattouh has no specific schedule for his trip, he hopes to hold meetings with members of Hamas to discuss national reconciliation, Fayiz Abu Aytah said.
The Legislative Council members are in Gaza for the first time since 2007, Abu Aytah added.
Gaza government spokeswoman Isra Almodallal said that meetings would take place between members of Hamas and the officials from the West Bank, but could not provide further details.
The division between Fatah and Hamas began in 2006, when Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections.
In the following year, clashes erupted between the two factions, leaving Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of parts of the occupied West Bank.
The groups have made failed attempts at national reconciliation for years, most recently in 2012, when they signed two agreements -- one in Cairo and a subsequent one in Doha -- which have as of yet been entirely unimplemented.