New Palestinian unity cabinet to hold first meet in Gaza

Members of the new Palestinian unity government are traveling from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip for their first Cabinet session.

hidden October 09, 2014 12:16:22 IST
New Palestinian unity cabinet to hold first meet in Gaza

Gaza: Members of the new Palestinian unity government are traveling from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip for their first Cabinet session there — a meeting meant to signal the end of Hamas' absolute control of the territory.

New Palestinian unity cabinet to hold first meet in Gaza

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. GettyImages

The meeting is set for later Thursday. It comes three days ahead of an international pledging conference where Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas seeks $4 billion for Gaza's reconstruction following the summer Israel-Hamas war.

By meeting in Gaza for the first time, the Cabinet, which reports to the Western-backed Abbas, hopes to reassure donors it can lead reconstruction efforts.

It's not clear, though, how much authority it will have on the ground. Hamas, which seized Gaza from Abbas in 2007, says it will step aside, but refuses to disband its security forces.

Associated Press

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