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Hamas condemns Fatah for accusations of Gaza blasts responsibility

Nov. 8, 2014 12:32 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 9, 2014 1:44 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A top member of the Hamas politburo on Saturday condemned Fatah leaders for accusing Hamas of being linked to more than a dozen blasts across Gaza the day before, urging all sides to prevent rhetoric that could undermine national unity.

Khalil al-Hayya called upon Fatah leaders to hand over to Gaza security services the names of those that Fatah claims are responsible for the attacks targeting the homes and cars of Fatah leaders, condemning Fatah for having rushed to conclusions.

"If the cost of these blasts is avoiding reconciliation, we have the right to ask who is behind them," he said, stressing that Hamas is not "hiding" behind the blasts to avoid reconciliation.

He also condemned Fatah leaders for making unfounded accusations and holding Hamas responsible for the blasts "even before security services reached the results of their investigations."

Hamas leaders condemned a series of bomb attacks targeting Fatah leaders across the Gaza Strip on Friday morning and vowed to uncover the culprits, but on Friday afternoon the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority security services accused Hamas of having knowledge of the blasts before they happened.

The attacks came a day before the Palestinian cabinet was supposed to visit Gaza from the West Bank and amid rising optimism over the political reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas that was launched in April after seven years of division.

Some have speculated that whoever was behind the blasts could have been trying to thwart reconciliation and ensure the Palestinian Authority did not re-extend its control over Gaza.

All major political factions in Gaza, however, condemned the attacks, including Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and a leader of Salafi militant groups.

Hamas leader Al-Hayya warned against using the incident as an excuse to avoid reconciliation, calling on all sides to uphold their responsibilities towards the national good.

Al-Hayya also stressed the need for a planned Fatah event commemorating the 10th anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat in Gaza City to take place, a day after a bomb blast hit a stage being prepared for the event.

Khalil al-Hayya said that if Hamas wanted to it could have prevented the event, which was the first commemoration of the late Palestinian leader from the Fatah movement to take place in Gaza in seven years.

"But President Yasser Arafat is not anyone," al-Hayya continued: "He is a symbol of Palestinians."

Al-Hayya urged the event to take place so that the goals of those responsible for Gaza blasts would not be achieved.

The division between the two Palestinian factions began in 2006, when Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections.

In the following year, clashes erupted between Fatah and Hamas, leaving Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of parts of the occupied West Bank.

A national unity deal signed on April 23 between the PLO and Hamas has come under intense pressure since, especially as critics say Israel has sought to undermine the deal including through a massive arrest campaign targeting Hamas members across the West Bank over summer as well as the 50-day assault on Gaza that killed more than 2,000.

Palestinian officials, however, have stressed the need for national unity in the face of these attacks and stressed that Palestinian political leaders would remain committed to reconciliation despite the threats.

The latest round of bomb blasts, however, has led to renewed concerns over the continued potential for the reconciliation deal to fall apart.
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