Hamas and Fatah Sign Historic Reconciliation Agreement

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Ending the long-standing rift, rival political factions of Palastine, Hamas and Fatah, signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo on Thursday. The deal reportedly cover security, administrative and border crossing arrangements in the Gaza Strip. 

 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the agreement and said that he considers this as “he final agreement to end the division.” Abbas may travel to Gaza soon in his first visit in a decade.  

Egypt has been facilitating the reconciliation talks in its capital. 

The two factions were at loggerheads since deadly clashes between them in 2007, following the electoral victory of Hamas previous year. Gaza and the West Bank have been ruled separately since then by Hamas and Fatah respectively.  

The thaw between the factions has started earlier this month when Hamas allowed Palestinian unity government to take over public institutions in Gaza followed by a visit of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to Gaza.

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