Hamas slams claims on Fatah’s inability to release political prisoners

[ 18/08/2011 – 11:02 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– The Hamas Movement deplored Amin Maqboul, the secretary-general of Fatah’s revolutionary council, for his remarks about his movement’s inability release the political prisoners from Hamas as “unacceptable and surprising.”

Maqboul had stated that Fatah faction, which signed a reconciliation agreement with Hamas a few months ago, was not able to release Hamas cadres from West Bank jails as it was agreed upon between the two sides in Cairo, claiming that this issue is up to Mahmoud Abbas and his security apparatuses.

Hamas emphasized in a press release on Wednesday that Fatah faction had signed, on behalf of Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian authority (PA), the reconciliation agreement in Cairo and pledged to release all political prisoners before the Eid holiday.

Abbas is the head of Fatah faction and it is illogical to claim that he has nothing to do with his movement with respect to the implementation of the agreement, Hamas underlined.

Hamas also denied it postponed a scheduled meeting with Fatah delegation until the Eid holiday ends as Maqboul claimed in his remarks, stating that there is still an agreement with senior Fatah official Zakariya Al-Agha on holding two meetings on 22, 12 of this month in Gaza and the West Bank.

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