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Hamas and Fatah Contemplate Unity-Government Proposal as Fighting Continues | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Gaza, Asharq Al-Awsat- Fatah and Hamas are considering a new proposal to form a unity government, Asharq Al-Awsat has learned.

The proposal includes setting up a government with representatives from all the parties represented in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC).

In order to overcome disputes over ministerial portfolios, the proposal demands allocation of ministries to all the parties, regardless of the size of their representation in the parliament, a high ranking Palestinian official told Asharq Al-Awsat.

The sources also pointed out that Hamas and the Palestinian government on one hand, and the Palestinian presidency and the Fatah movement, are currently examining this proposal.

The official also revealed the possibility of Jordan’s King Abdullah

Introducing a Jordanian proposal for the formation of a national unity government during Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh up-coming visit to Jordan.

Elsewhere, Forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Hamas government fought fierce gun battles in Gaza on Wednesday, killing a woman and wounding nine people, as simmering internal tensions threatened to erupt.

The clash in the Jabalya refugee camp in northern Gaza came after unknown gunmen killed a member of Abbas’s Fatah faction and a car carrying Hamas security officers was ambushed.

The woman was wounded after getting caught in the crossfire of the gun battle and died in hospital, medical officials said. Most of the other wounded were combatants, they said.

Fatah and Hamas declared a truce in December to end weeks of deadly violence which escalated into running street battles in Gaza after Abbas called for early parliamentary and presidential elections to break a political deadlock with Hamas.