Hamas chief discusses internal reconciliation with UN, Egyptian officials

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-01 20:43:25|Editor: xuxin
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GAZA, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- A three-way meeting was held in Gaza on Friday to discuss internal reconciliation, said Hamas politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh.

Haniyeh met with United Nations special envoy Nicolay Mladenov and the Egyptian security intelligence delegation headed by Ahmad Abdulkhaleq.

The meeting discussed calm on the border with Israel and the ongoing internal Palestinian division between Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement.

"The deep concerns of the United Nations, Egypt and Qatar show that what is going on and what may occur in Gaza will influence the entire Palestinian cause and the region that surrounds us," said Haniyeh.

Haniyeh accuses Israel of trying to invest in the conflict in the Gaza Strip to serve the Israeli election campaign, adding that his movement rejects to be used in serving the Israeli parties that want to win in the parliamentary election, due on April, at the expense of the Palestinian bloods.

The meeting is held as hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators are preparing to join the weekly anti-Israel protests and rallies on the border between the eastern Gaza Strip and Israel.

Rallies and protests, also known as the "Great March of return," have been ongoing since March 30. Organizers of the marches demand Israel to lift the blockade that has been imposed on the Gaza Strip since 2007.

Gaza Health Ministry officials said since March 30, the Israeli army has killed more than 250 demonstrators and wounded around 25,000 others, most of whom were shot by live gunshots.