Hamas Accuses Fatah of Splitting Unity Government

Hamas spokesperson charges unity PM of obeying Fatah, 'reinforcing the rift,' after Hamdallah admits no plans to implement deal.

Ari Yashar,

Sami Abu Zuhri
Sami Abu Zuhri
Flash 90

The war of words between Hamas and Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction continued to heat up on Friday, after Hamas lashed out at unity government Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri gave Hamdallah a tongue lashing on his official Facebook page Friday, accusing the prime minister of "still being loyal to the orders of the Fatah movement and conducting its decisions."

Hamdallah "isn't behaving according to the rules of the unity government, and ignores the rights of Gaza residents and their suffering," charged Abu Zuhri. "He is reinforcing the rift and adding to the failure of the (unity) government."

Abu Zuhri's verbal barrage comes after Hamdallah earlier on Friday revealed no plans have been instituted to ensure the implementation of the reconciliation agreement signed by Hamas and Fatah in April.

The prime minister instead said that all factions who signed the agreement are "fully responsible" for finding solutions to internal conflict - pushing the responsibility off of the unity government.

Just hours before Hamdallah's comments, Hamas political official Mahmoud Zahran claimed late Thursday night that the unity pact was merely a "temporary measure," and that Hamas was looking for "alternative solutions.

"There is no doubt (the unity government) is a failure," Zahran added.

Tensions between Hamas and Fatah have been at the boiling point lately, with Abbas last week threatening to end the unity deal over a range of issues, primarily among them Hamas's foiled coup attempt against Abbas in Judea and Samaria.

In that case too Abu Zuhri struck back, saying "Abbas's remarks against Hamas and the resistance are unjustified, and the sources of information and figures he relied on were incorrect and have nothing to do with the truth."


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