Some 3,000 Palestinian Authority police are slated for transfer from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip, as part of the Fatah-Hamas unity deal, the Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported Sunday.
- Hamas, Fatah sign reconciliation agreement
- Abbas, Meshal meet for first time since Fatah-Hamas unity deal
- Israel to U.S. and EU: Palestinians deceived Kerry
- IDF prevents publication of Hamas papers in West Bank, Palestinians report
- Netanyahu urges world to say 'no' to new Palestinian government
The police had served in Gaza before 2007, when Fatah, which runs the PA, sought to assert its authority over Hamas forces in the Strip, but ended up getting chased out in a bloody but short battle.
The announcement of the transfer of forces was made by Abd al-Salam Siyam, secretary-general of the Hamas government in Gaza.
"Hamas and the Gaza government have made a strategic decision to move on with reconciliation and so they will do what is needed to implement the agreement," he noted.
Siyam also said Azzam al-Ahmad, a key Fatah figure in the reconciliation reached on April 23, will visit the Strip for talks about formation of a unity government, slated to be finalized within a month.