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Hamas official: Hamdallah government neglecting Gaza

Sept. 4, 2014 8:11 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 6, 2014 9:49 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Deputy speaker of the Palestinian parliament Ahmad Bahar on Wednesday accused the Palestinian national consensus government and its prime minister Rami Hamdallah of "negligence" towards the besieged Gaza Strip.

In a symposium held in Gaza City, Bahar urged the government to fulfill its duties in Gaza, particularly the reconstruction of buildings destroyed by Israeli forces and the payment of monthly salaries to civil servants who were employed by the former Hamas-run government.

"We still want the national consensus government and we will support it in its work especially the reconstruction of Gaza," he added, but called for the government to carry out its duties in return.

Bahar also called upon Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to deploy PA security officers at Gaza crossings and along the borders with Egypt in order to speed up the promised opening of the Rafah crossing into Egypt.

The comments come after a more than 50-day Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip left more than 2,000 dead and 100,000 homeless, with some accusing the PA government in the West Bank of looking the other way.

Although a unity government was put in place after an April government ended eight years of division between Hamas and the PLO, the government has faced obstacles as Israel has heavily targeted Hamas in the months since.
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