Palestinian groups meet in Egypt in unity quest

February 09, 2013 - 6:26:28 am


CAIRO: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas convened a conference of all Palestinian organisations in the Egyptian capital later yesterday, in a new effort to reconcile his Fatah movement with the rival Hamas.

The meeting was of the provisional governing body of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which is charged with bringing non-members Hamas and Islamic Jihad into the PLO.

Fatah and Hamas, which respectively govern the autonomous areas of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, signed an Egypt-mediated reconciliation agreement on April 27, 2011 in Cairo.

But most of its clauses went unheeded and deadlines were constantly postponed.

Yesterday’s conference was to deal with implementing some of the key terms of the agreement, particularly organising long-awaited elections and the formation of a transitional non-partisan government to oversee parliamentary and presidential polls.

Gunmen blow up Yemen oil pipeline


SANAA: Gunmen in Yemen yesterday blew up a key oil pipeline that repeatedly comes under attack in the country’s eastern Marib province, an Al Qaeda stronghold, a security official and witnesses said.

“Subversive elements in Wadi Abida blew up” the 320km pipeline that carries oil from the Safer oil fields in Marib to an export terminal on the Red Sea, the official said.