A Hamas official in Gaza said Sunday that his organization was holding unofficial talks with representatives from the rival Fatah movement, as tension between the factions continued to simmer on the ground. Fatah officials denied that any such dialogue was taking place.
A Fatah spokesman, Ahmed Abdel Rahman, said that Mr. Youssef’s statement had “no basis in truth” and that Fatah’s position was clear: there would be “no dialogue with the perpetrators of the coup.”
An official in Mr. Abbas’s office said that Hamas was “begging” for talks with Fatah, but that there would not be any “until Hamas apologizes and reverses everything it has done” in Gaza. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media.