Fatah delegation in Gaza to address internal issues
Published Sunday 09/02/2014 (updated) 11/02/2014 12:24
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Fatah delegation in Gaza is looking for ways to develop the faction's activities in the Strip, a Fatah official said Sunday.
Nabil Shaath, who is heading a delegation representing the Fatah Central Committee in Gaza, told Ma'an that the delegation is attempting to make Fatah "capable of saving Gaza and achieving national unity."
The delegation will meet with Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and other Hamas leaders at Haniyeh's house on Sunday, Shaath said.
"We will do our best to convince Haniyeh how important it is to achieve reconciliation as soon as possible," he said. "We are optimistic."
Gaza is in a dire situation, Shaath said.
"No electricity, no water, no seaport, no traffic and no movement. This is unbearable and we need national unity and government as well as a strong Fatah organization which can take responsibility."
Responding to complaints by members of the Fatah movement in Gaza who hadn't been receiving wages, and to the families of "martyrs" who hadn't been receiving allowances, Shaath said the Palestinian Authority should address those issues.
These are very important financial cases, he said.
On Feb. 1, a Fatah official speaking on the condition of anonymity told Ma'an that the movement's leading body in Gaza had submitted its resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas.
It has been difficult to find solutions to problems Fatah members in Gaza have faced since 2006, when Hamas won legislative elections, the official said.
He said Fatah officials in Gaza had not been receiving regular salaries, and that families of "martyrs" had not received allowances for six years.
The West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been effectively led by separate governments since 2007, when events occurred that violently divided Fatah and Hamas.
The division between the two Palestinian factions began in 2006, when Hamas won legislative elections.
In the following year, clashes erupted between Fatah and Hamas, 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.