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Thursday, October 12, 2017, 13:45
Hamas says reached deal with Palestinian rival Fatah
By Reuters
Thursday, October 12, 2017, 13:45 By Reuters

Head of the Hamas political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, speaks to the media as he and other Hamas senior officials meet with Egypt's general intelligence chief, Khaled Fawzy, left, in Haniyeh's office in Gaza City, Oct 3, 2017. (KHALIL HAMRA / AP)

CAIRO/GAZA – Palestinian rival factions Hamas and Fatah have reached a deal over political reconciliation, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement on Thursday without providing further details. 

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. 

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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' Fatah-backed government in a deal mediated by Egypt. 

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

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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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