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Any Hamas regret over Gaza takeover will be welcome
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21:17, November 01, 2007

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, which suffered a fiasco and lost the Gaza Strip to Hamas in mid-June, said Thursday it would be glad should Hamas regret and condemn the violent takeover of the Strip.

"Any voice from Hamas, whether in Gaza, West Bank or abroad, (that) condemns the coup and denounces it, is welcomed by Fatah because it is a good indication from Hamas that the coup has no future," said Fatah spokesman Ahmed Abdel Rahman.

He praised Hamas members who had criticized the violent takeover of the Gaza Strip, but said that they belonged to minority.

"Hamas leaders and members, who don't have relations with the coup-makers, have to take the responsibility (to condemn the coup)," said the spokesman.

Abbas and his Fatah movement have repeatedly termed Hamas' takeover of the Gaza Strip in mid-June as a "coup," which was dismissed by Hamas.

"We are positive and we don't want the Palestinian people to remain divided while Israel destroys everything in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank," Abdel Rahman said in remarks softer than before.

Abdel Rahman added that Fatah would also welcome initiatives that aim at making reconciliation between his movement and Hamas, but he accused the latter of not respecting any initiative or even accepting them.

On Tuesday, a Gaza-based Hamas official vowed to topple Abbas and take control of the West Bank by force in the same way Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in mid-June.

However, Hamas leaders in the West Bank lashed out against the remarks. Observers said that the criticism was made in order to evade more crackdowns by pro-Abbas security forces on Hamas activists in the West Bank.

Source: Xinhua

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