The Ma’an News Agency reports: The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip on Sunday indicated they would free prisoners affiliated to their West Bank rivals Fatah, giving further momentum to reconciliation efforts since the Israeli war on the coastal enclave.
Government spokesman Taher al-Nunu said the government would grant an amnesty to all suspects and prisoners related to its conflict with Fatah in 2006.
The government will set up a committee to implement this measure, he said.
Al-Nunu said the government decided to leave the period of the division behind them out of respect for national unity.
The parties fought bitterly after Hamas won parliamentary elections in 2006, splitting into separate governments in Gaza and the West Bank a year later.
Reconciliation talks have repeatedly stumbled, but Israel’s eight-day war on the Gaza Strip which ended Wednesday gave political impetus to ending the division. [Continue reading…]