Thousands of Palestinian Police Transferring to Gaza

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Hamas policemen march during graduation ceremony at Arafat Police Academy in Gaza City on January 29, 2014.Credit: AP

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.

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.

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