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Palestinian government resigns amid political rift

Egypt opens Rafah border crossing for 3 days

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah and his government resigned on Sunday in the light of the Palestinian reconciliation’s failure between Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, and Fatah movement chaired by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The resigned government said in a statement following its weekly meeting, that it will continue doing its duties until the formation of a new government.

Al-Hamdallah expressed hope for the success of reconciliations between the Palestinian movements in order to form a new government as soon as possible. He stressed that the success of the new government requires regaining the Palestinian people’s trust. This needs faithful national efforts to overcome the obstacles and challenges which Palestinians face.

On Sunday, the central committee of Fatah called for forming a new consensus government of all Palestinian movements and independent figures, after the failure in achieving the reconciliation.

Since 2007, the Palestinian arena was divided over the political conflict between Fatah and Hamas. Al-Hamdallah assumed his post in September 2013 and led the reconciliation efforts.

Moreover, the Egyptian authorities announced opening the Rafah border crossing in both directions for three days to facilitate movement of Palestinians to the Gaza Strip.

Hamas said in a statement late Monday, that the border crossing will open on Tuesday. On 6 January, the Palestinian Authority withdrew its representatives from the border crossing, accusing Hamas of arresting and abusing its employees.

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