Palestinian Authority readies new round of sanctions on Gaza as Egyptian mediation breaks down

Source: MadaMasr

Author(s): Ahmad Shehada

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The fraught relationship between Hamas and Fatah is set to face another obstacle, as Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas prepares to apply a new round of punitive measures on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

“The punitive actions are going to be financial only,” sources close to the PA told Mada Masr on condition of anonymity, stating that the sanctions will be “focused on administrative employees’ salaries” in Gaza. “But nothing is done yet, as the final decision is yet to be taken,” the sources added.

This decision to prepare new punitive measures comes after the Fatah delegation led by Azzam al-Ahmed, a Fatah Central Committee member, metwith Egyptian intelligence officials in Cairo on Tuesday to be briefed on Hamas’ response to the proposal for reconciliation between the Gaza-based movement and the PA.

While the Fatah delegation met with Cairo representatives, Hamas political bureau leader Ismail Haniyeh took to the stage at a conference to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Hamas’s founding, insisting on the need to proceed with truce talks with Israel, regardless of where reconciliation talks stand.

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