ALGIERS: The president of Palestine Mahmud Abbas and the leader of Hamas Ismail Haniyeh first time met publicly in over five years, on the independence anniversary celebrations of Algeria.
Late Tuesday, Algeria’s state broadcaster reported that representatives of the Palestinian Authority and the Hamas movement also attended this meeting, which it named “historic”.
The pair, who officially last met face-to-face in October 2016 in Doha, were brought together in a meeting with the President of Algeria Abdelmadjid Tebboune, whose country marked the 60th independence anniversary from France.
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Abbas’ secular “Fatah” party, which is dominant in the Palestinian Authority that rules the Israeli-occupied West Bank, has been in a state of quarrelsome disagreement with Hamas since elections in 2007, when the movement took control of Gaza.
Tebboune and Abbas also signed a document for naming a street “Algeria” in the West Bank city of Ramallah, which currently acts as a capital of Palestine.
Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday for attempting to flee an army raid, officials on both sides reported.
The health ministry of Palestine identified the man as Rafiq Riyad Ghannem, 20, saying he was shot by Israeli forces in Jaba, a town near the flashpoint city of Jenin in the northern West Bank.
Israel’s military stated that it had conducted “counterterrorism activity” in Jaba early on Wednesday.
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