Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar said he would dissolve his party’s ruling structures and hold new elections in Gaza – for the first time since Hamas violently took over the territory from Fatah in 2007.
Hamas called on PA ministers based in Ramallah to come to Gaza in order to assume their roles as part of the national reconciliation government agreed in 2011.
Earlier this year, Fatah asked Israel to cut power to Gaza, further deteriorating conditions in the territory.
Fatah official Mahmoud Aloul told Palestinian radio that “if this is Hamas’s statement, then this is a positive sign,” adding that “we in the Fatah movement are ready to implement reconciliation”.
The announcement followed a series of meetings between Hamas leaders and Egyptian officials last week.