Sunday, 4 May 2014

3,000 PA officers 'to join Gaza security forces' in unity step


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Arrangements are being made for some 3,000 Palestinian Authority policemen to join the Gaza government's security forces, a statement said Sunday.

Abd al-Salam Siyam, secretary-general of the Gaza government's cabinet, said in a statement that the officers would be sent to Gaza in order to begin implementing the Hamas-PLO unity deal reached on April 23.

The officers worked in Gaza before the PA left the coastal enclave in 2007.

Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad will visit the Strip to discuss the formation of the unity government, the statement said, without specifying when the visit would take place.

"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," the statement added. more