On 4 August the Fatah party congress is set to begin in Bethlehem in the West Bank. Hamas has conditioned the departure of some 400 Fatah members from Gaza on Abbas’s forces freeing hundreds of Hamas activists seized in West Bank round-ups.
Read: Reuters Alertnet, “Fatah to hold congress despite Hamas ban”, 1 August 2009, http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L1340182.htm
Read: Reuters Alertnet, “Hamas threatens to boycott unity talks with Fatah”, 31 July 2009, http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LV162873.htm
Read: Reuters Alertnet, “Fatah-Hamas tensions rise over West Bank congress”, 29 July 2009, http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LT404047.htm