Why Consensus Government refuse to control Gaza crossings?

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  • 15:13 - 19 October 2014

GAZA CITY (Alresalah.ps) -- Israel allowed 3,000 tons of construction materials to enter the Gaza Strip a week ago. This issue took over another important issue, which is the refusal of the National Consensus Government to control the crossings. Some people explained that there are still some disputes concerning this dossier.

Palestinian officials denied that there is disagreement over the crossings' issue, even though there is no change on the crews working at the crossings. The PA employees were supposed to supervise the crossings, including the Rafah border crossing, but this never happened.

Feelings grew big that there is still no agreement, as an Egyptian newspaper quoted President of the PA Mahmoud Abbas, saying that Hamas is still controlling the Gaza Strip.

Al-Quds Al-Arabi Newspaper reported that arrangements are still ongoing to hand the crossings over to the employees of the PA and disagreements are there.

Hamas employees want to be included in the supervision of the crossings, since they are part of the PA right now, the newspaper reported.

Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Mohammed Mustafa said in a press statement that an agreement was signed between all parties to allow Gaza staff of the crossings to return to work, mainly on the crossings of Beit Hanoun and Karem Abu Salem. However, Maher Abu Sabha, director of the border crossings in Gaza, denied this news, and said that he had not been informed of that.

Palestinian sources said that the 3,000 tons of cement, which entered Gaza, were like a try to test the mechanism, set by the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry and coordinated with the PA.

An Egyptian diplomat said that money will not be transferred to Gaza, unless the National Government controls the coastal enclave completely, stressing that there is an international and Arab agreement on reconstructing the Gaza Strip.

Gazans do look forward to ending disputes and agreeing on measures to re-open the crossings of the Gaza Strip.



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