The EU Commission has called on all parties to the conflict in the Palestinian territories to facilitate humanitarian aid. EU External Relations Commissioner Benito Ferrero-Waldner said Friday in Brussels that aid must continue as quickly as possible. Development Commissioner Louis Michel called for a humanitarian aid corridor. Michel's spokesman Amadeo Altafadj stressed that EU aid deliveries had been suspended because of the poor security situation.
On Friday morning, however, Islamist Hamas had taken steps to restore cooperation and aid distribution in Gaza, he said. The main concern, he says, is health care.
Hamas: No secession planned Hamas has no plans to secede from Gaza, according to Palestinian leader Ismail Haniya. His party has no intention of declaring a "state" in Gaza, Haniya said in a televised address Friday night. "The Gaza Strip is an inseparable part of our homeland and its residents form an inseparable part of the Palestinian people."Haniya rejected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to declare a state of emergency and dissolve the unity government of Hamas and Fatah as "rash". Abbas thus betrays all "closed agreements."Shortly before Haniya's speech, Hamas said it had taken control of all the positions of the rival Fatah movement in the Gaza Strip.All Palestinian Authority bases have been captured, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' headquarters in Gaza, a spokesman for Hamas' military arm, the Essedin-el-Kassam Brigades, told the AFP news agency.In response to Hamas' takeover of control in the Gaza Strip, Abbas had dissolved the Fatah-Hamas unity government on Thursday night and declared a state of emergency over the autonomous areas. He announced that new elections will be held as soon as the situation allows.