Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Palestinian cabinet ministers hold weekly session in Gaza


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian national consensus government is scheduled to hold its weekly session in Gaza City Tuesday in the absence of prime minister Rami Hamdallah, sources in the government said.

The meeting comes on the second day of the unity government's second trip to Gaza since it was formed in June, amid criticism over the slow pace of reconstruction in the Gaza Strip in the wake of Israel's summer war that left around 2,200 dead and 110,000 homeless.

Hamas leaders in the Strip have called for the government to take a more proactive stance in taking control of Gaza and pressuring Israel to ease the siege as it promised in the August ceasefire that ended the two-month offensive.

Tuesday's cabinet meeting will be dedicated to discussing how Palestinian ministries can operate in the Gaza Strip, jump-starting the reconstruction process, and plans for the 50th anniversary of Fatah celebrations to take place Wednesday in Gaza.

Spokesman for the national consensus government Ihab Bseiso told Ma'an Monday that the cabinet ministers were visiting Gaza in an attempt to ease the suffering of Gaza people caused by the ongoing siege and the latest Israeli military offensive. more