PA delegation chief in Cairo: Hamas rule in Gaza is over

The head of the Palestinian delegation in Cairo, Azzam Al-Ahmad, tells The Times of Israel that Hamas’s rule in the Gaza Strip is coming to a close.

“Israel needs to understand that the period of Hamas rule in Gaza is over and to act in full cooperation with the PA and the government of [PA Prime Minister] Rami Hamdallah, which will be the sovereign authority in the territories, including Gaza.”

Al-Ahmad, who was central to negotiating the PA unity deal with Hamas this spring, did not clarify how the PA would reassert its rule in Gaza seven years after Hamas violently ousted it, nor did he specify whether or how Hamas would be disarmed.

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