Hamas, its Gaza Strip stronghold cut off by the new military-backed government in Egypt, called upon rival Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday to end their six-year schism and form a unity government.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas named British-educated political independent Rami Hamdallah as new prime minister on Sunday, a move that was immediately condemned by Gaza Strip rulers Hamas.
Abbas and the militant Islamist gro
Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas signed a deal in Qatar on Monday to form a unity government of independent technocrats for the West Bank and Gaza, headed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The move, following the fai
A planned announcement on Tuesday of a new Palestinian unity government has been delayed after the Fatah and Hamas movements failed to agree on a prime minister, Fatah officials said on Sunday.
Fatah, led by Western-backed Palestinian Pre
Delighted Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip took to the streets to celebrate the signing of a reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah.
As Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal sat down in Cairo to ratify the deal with president Mahmud
Israel said on Thursday a Palestinian unity deal would sabotage prospects for peace and stemmed from panic by Hamas and Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas over popular uprisings in Syria and Egypt.
The surprise reconciliation between t
Hamas said the Islamist group was in the final stages of reconciling with the rival Palestinian Fatah party after its leader met Saudi officials to try to narrow the rift.
"We made great strides towards achieving reconciliation," Hamas lea
The exiled leader of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas said Egypt would present it and its rival Fatah faction with a reconciliation pact to be ratified next month.
Damascus-based Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal told reporters after "very po
Palestinian politician Marwan Barghouthi, serving a life sentence in an Israeli jail, was elected to a leading post in President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction on Tuesday, initial results showed.
Barghouthi was jailed on charges of organisi
The congress of the leading Palestinian party, Fatah, voted on Sunday for a new executive body and assembly filled with fresh faces to regain the lost trust of the Palestinian people.
The movement led by the late Yasser Arafat for 40 years