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Hamas, Fatah reach Palestinian reconciliation deal

12 October 2017

Negotiators from rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Islamist group Hamas will discuss security in the Gaza Strip at unity talks in Cairo on Tuesday, including a proposal that would see Fatah security personnel deployed to Hamas-dominated territory.

Details of the agreement have not yet been released and a press conference was being planned for Thursday at 1000 GMT in the Egyptian capital, where talks have been taking place since Tuesday.

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.

He added that all Palestinian factions would begin wider negotiations on the formation of a national unity government in the coming two weeks. Meanwhile, Azzam Ahmad, one of the leaders of the Fatah delegation, told Reuters that while the negotiations would include the government offices in Gaza, the main focus would be on the topic of security in Gaza due to its controversial nature.

Multiple previous attempts at reconciliation have failed but the latest Egyptian-led push received a major boost last month when Hamas agreed to cede civil power in Gaza.

The deal would see Hamas, which has the most powerful armed Palestinian faction with an estimated 25,000 well-equipped fighters who have fought three wars with Israel since 2008.

"What happened in the past days is something like a declaration of principles while the two sides have postponed final status issues to the talks in Cairo", said Gaza political analyst Akram Attallah.

Faced with increasing isolation and a severe electricity shortage, Hamas has reached out to Egypt for help, hoping to have the Rafah border opened.

A Palestinian man and his daughter walk past a graffiti reading in Arabic "Division" in Gaza City, on September 17, 2017, after Hamas announced it had agreed to steps toward resolving a decade-long split with the Fatah movement and was ready to hold elections.

According to BBC, Egypt has been brokering reconciliation talks in Cairo.

Hamas, Fatah reach Palestinian reconciliation deal