#AceWorldNews – TRIPOLI – April 24 – Israeli forces on Thursday shot at fishermen and destroyed crops in the Gaza Strip, Ma’an news agency reported, one day after Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization announced that they had signed a unity pact.
Israeli troops also raided several homes in the West Bank overnight Wednesday and arrested four people.
Israel’s navy opened fire at two fishermen off the coast of northern Gaza, locals said.
#AceWorldNews – GAZA – April 22 – (Reuters) – Palestine Liberation Organization delegates arrived in Gaza on Tuesday to discuss unity with militant group Hamas for the first time since their 2007 conflict, in a potential boost for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Few Palestinians expect a breakthrough in the deadlock that has paralysed Palestinian politics, and many have low expectations of any resolution to the seemingly endless duel.
A deal could restore a measure of sovereignty to Abbas in Gaza and boost his negotiating power with Israel in any future peace talks, although such a partnership could also provoke a backlash from Israel against the PLO in the occupied West Bank.
The reconciliation mission coincided with a meeting between Abbas’s Fatah-led group and Israeli peace negotiators in Jerusalem to try to extend talks beyond an April 29 deadline.
#AceWorldNews – GAZA STRIP – April 21 – The Interior Ministry in the Gaza Strip will release six Fatah prisoners on Monday as a goodwill gesture, according to World Bulletin.
The move is likely to pave the road for reconciliation with the rival Palestinian movement.
The announcement came as a Palestine Liberation Organization delegation prepared to travel to Gaza to meet with Hamas leaders Ismail Haniyeh and Mousa Abu Marzouq later this week, Haaretz daily said.
“We are going to Gaza not to propose new suggestions, but rather to carry out a clear mission which is to end the state of disagreement and address three decisive issues,” said senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad.