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Hamas invites Abbas, Fatah to resume control of Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hamas has invited Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to send officials to Gaza to resume control of the coastal enclave seized by the Islamic militant group a decade ago.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh made the announcement Tuesday, saying that his group is serious about returning power to the Western-backed Palestinian leader and calling on him to respond with practical steps.

Hamas, in financial and political distress after years of an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, announced this week that it was disbanding a contentious committee that has governed Gaza in recent months, a key Abbas demand. It also said it was ready to hand over all government functions to Abbas and to hold elections in Gaza and the West Bank.


Meanwhile, a poll indicates that 67 percent of Palestinians demand that Abbas resign, up 5 points from June, and that three-quarters believe the Trump administration is not serious about an Israel-Palestinian peace deal.

The survey among 1,270 Palestinians was published Tuesday, a day ahead of a Trump-Abbas meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research poll had an error margin of 3 percentage points.

President Trump said this week that his administration is ‘‘working very hard’’ toward a deal, but hasn’t publicly supported establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel or offered another path forward.

Tuesday’s poll says 52 percent of Palestinians still support a two-state solution, but 57 percent say it’s no longer feasible because of Israeli settlement expansion.