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Hamas, Fatah reach deal for political reconciliation

Hamas, Fatah reach deal for political reconciliation
From CBC - October 12, 2017

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have reached a deal over political reconciliation, Hamas head Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement on Thursday, without providing further details about the accord brokered by Egypt.

A Hamas official told Reuters that details are expected to be released at a noon news conference in Cairo, where unity talks between the rival factions began on Tuesday.

The Western-backed mainstream Fatah party lost control of Gaza to Hamas, considered a terrorist group by the West and Israel, in fighting in 2007. But last month, Hamas agreed to cede powers in Gaza to President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah-backed government.

"Fatah and Hamas reached an agreement at dawn local time today on a generous Egyptian sponsorship," Haniyeh said in a statement.

Egypt has helped mediate several attempts to reconcile the two movements and form a power-sharing unity government in Gaza and the West Bank. Hamas and Fatah agreed in 2014 to form a national reconciliation government, but despite that deal, Hamas's shadow government continued to rule the Gaza Strip.

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