National reconciliation government to take over the Gaza strip


Published: 2017-10-31 17:11

Last Updated: 2017-10-31 17:48

Two million people will be able to move freely
Two million people will be able to move freely
Roya News Source

Hussein al-Sheikh, head of Palestine’s Civil Affairs Authority, announced on Tuesday that the Fatah-Hamas national reconciliation government is ready to take full responsibility over the Gaza strip crossing, starting from November 1, according to Palestinian news agency Wafa.

Gaza’s two million population will be able to move freely starting from November 11, al-Sheikh added.

The Rafah crossing will go back to how it functioned before June 4 2007, when Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip. It will be run with the coordination of Egyptian authorities and all other related parties, Wafa reported.

The two rival parties of Islamic Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation agreement with Egyptian mediation in Cairo earlier this month.

Disputes between Fatah and Hamas began when the latter took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, and appointed 40,000 employees to work in the coastal enclave.

The decade-long split led to the two territories being completely isolated, with two different administrations.

Since then, Egypt almost completely closed its Rafah border, while Israel restricted the movement of both goods and individuals in and out Gaza.