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Hamas urged Egyptian authorities to reopen the Rafah crossing with Gaza, which was closed following the recent killing of over 20 Egyptian policemen in the Sinai. In response to recent calls for protests against Hamas in Gaza, Hamas' leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, warned against such activities.
Hamas forces reportedly arrested two Palestinian Authority security officers in the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian official said a second round of prisoners will be released from Israeli prisons as part of negotiations with Israel in September. Palestinian officials reportedly accused the United States of deceiving the PA about peace talks with Israel.
Palestinian officials warned that Israeli approval of additional housing units in east Jerusalem could derail plans to restart negotiations. President Abbas asked caretaker Prime Minister Hamdallah, who had previously resigned, to stay on and form a new government within five weeks. Hamas said President Abbas lacks the authority to conduct negotiations with Israel. A rocket fired from Gaza towards Israel reportedly landed in the coastal enclave.
Fatah's Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades said it is "our belief that armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine." Iran sent aid to Gazans for Ramadan through Palestinian Islamic Jihad. PA Caretaker Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said he intends to continue with plans to resign in a few weeks. Palestinian officials visited Israel's parliament as peace talks between the two begin. A PA minister issued a fatwa calling on Palestinians to revolt against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad's Ramadan Shallah denounced ongoing talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials in Washington. President Abbas said he is opposed to the establishment of a free trade zone between Gaza and Egypt, which Hamas has repeatedly requested. Human Rights Watch called on the Palestinian Authority to investigate recent actions by PA security forces during a rally by PFLP supporters. A senior Hamas official said the Palestinian group seeks to retain its ties to Iranian-backed Hezbollah. The Palestinian Authority released a report claiming that Israel recently kidnapped Wael Abu Reda, a Gaza-based terrorist, from the Sinai.
While in Cairo, President Abbas said he would not accept any Israelis in a future Palestinian state. Israeli authorities plan to provide an increased amount of fuel and food to the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Authority praised Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli prisons for security offenses as "strugglers for their freedom and not terrorists."
Hamas shut down the offices of Al Arabiya and Ma'an News Agency after they allegedly published 'false news' that was critical of Hamas. Palestinian officials said they will engage in talks with Israel only if it confirms its intention to release a number of Palestinian prisoners.
The Popular Resistance Committees called on Hamas to stop arrests of 'mujahideen' in the Gaza Strip. Hamas officials recently met with Hezbollah and Iranian officials in Lebanon to discuss their relationships, which have frayed as a result of the Syrian civil war. Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh called on the Egyptian media to end its incitement against Palestinians.
President Abbas said any agreement with Israel would be brought up to a referendum. Abbas also said that "all options are open" if there is no progress in peace talks with Israel. Hamas official Abu Marzouk denied that the group's al Qassam Brigades is operating in Egypt.
Former Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan said Mahmoud Abbas' decision to renew peace talks with Israel is political suicide. Hamas officials expressed concern that Egypt's operations against smuggling tunnels between Gaza and Egypt are causing a "humanitarian situation." A senior PLO official said the Palestinian leadership has not yet decided to resume negotiations with Israel.