Ceasefire in Gaza is breached as Tony Blair visits Palestinian president in the West Bank.
Most of the streets were empty and the shops were closed. Many parents in Gaza stopped sending their children to school after five students were wounded in the cross fire.
“The smallest drop of Palestinian blood is dear to us and it should not be spilled except to defend our land,” Haniya said.
Haniya repeated his opposition to Abbas’ plan and again accused him of planning a coup.
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“We consider the issue of the early elections for the presidency and parliament unconstitutional,” he said.
“If you consider the people the source of power, why are you working against the will of the people?”
But Haniya also made conciliatory gestures to Abbas urging his interior minister to convene a meeting of rival security chiefs to discuss ways to calm the situation and reiterating a call for a long-term truce with Israel.
The prime minister accused the United States of trying to topple the nine-month old Hamas government.
“There exists a non-declared decision to topple this government. This policy is being carried out by the Americans,” he said.
Washington considers Hamas a terrorist organisation and refuses to deal with it until it accepts Western demands.
“As president of the Palestinian people, I call on everybody to cease fire now … to save our unity,” he said.
“The agreement signed between the Palestinian factions should be applied on the ground, and Palestinian security forces should deploy in the streets in order to bring a halt to the actions of the combatants.”On Sunday both sides agreed to a ceasefire that stipulated an end to all confrontation and the withdrawal of guns and fighters from the street.
King Abdullah II of Jordan has offered to host talks between Abbas and Ismail Haniya, the Palestinian prime minister, to resolve the situation.
Abul Gheit warned against the “consequences of spiralling internecine fighting between the Palestinian factions” and asked Hamas and Fatah “to abide by the cessation of hostilities” agreed upon on Sunday.