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Fatah, Hamas to discuss security in Gaza under unity deal

12 October 2017

Fatah and Hamas have reached a reconciliation agreement following the talks between the two rival Palestinian factions in Cairo, Hamas' political bureau chief announced this morning.

Palestine's civil discord started in 2007 when Hamas seized power in the Gaza Strip while the West Bank territories fell under Fatah's control.

Fayez Abu Eita, a spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah movement and member of its delegation in Cairo, told AFP details would be announced at the press conference.

The plan for 3,000 Fatah security officers to join a Gaza police force over the course of a year, part of a unity deal mediated by Egypt in 2011, would restore much of the influence of Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas in Gaza and further loosen Hamas' grip.

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement on Thursday that both groups reached an agreement upon a mediation by Egypt.

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Last week, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah held his first Cabinet meeting in Gaza since the unity government was drawn up in 2014, in a major step towards Palestinian reconciliation.

The negotiations on Egyptian interim finder began last Tuesday.

Egypt has helped mediate several attempts to reconcile the two sides in the past and form a power-sharing unity government.

It has fought three wars with Israel since 2008 and the blockaded Gaza Strip has seen deteriorating humanitarian conditions.

In return, Cairo has pressed Hamas to move forward on reconciliation with rival Fatah and the two sides have launched into the negotiations.

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Sissi has stressed that he believes reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas could pave the way for Middle East peace.

"The talks are positive and the Egyptian side is even-handed", he said, according to the Palestinian Information Centre.

Abbas has pledged there would be "one authority, one law, one administration, one weapon" in the Gaza Strip, a statement seeming to challenge Hamas' continued security dominance.

While Hamas and Fatah have said they want to reunite the Palestinian territories, they have to overcome a number of obstacles to do that.

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Fatah, Hamas to discuss security in Gaza under unity deal