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Hamas seeks new talks with rivals Fatah

From BBC - September 16, 2017

The Palestinian militant group Hamas says it is aiming for talks with rivals Fatah as it aims to end their decade-long feud.

In a statement, it said it would dissolve the committee that rules Gaza and seek elections.

After violent clashes between the two factions in 2007, Fatah was driven out of the Gaza Strip.

Attempts by the groups to form a unity government in Gaza and the West Bank since then have failed.

Hamas's statement said the move came as a direct result of Egyptian negotiations for Palestinian unity, saying it wanted talks "to achieve Palestinian reconciliation and end the division".

Fatah, which dominates the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank, has not yet commented on the moves by Hamas.

But Egyptian reports said a Fatah delegation was in Egypt on Saturday to discuss a possible reconciliation.

The moves were key conditions for reconciliation demanded by Mr Abbas. But Associated Press reported that it is not yet clear whether Hamas is ready to place its security forces under Abbas's control - a major sticking point in the past.

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