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Rival Palestinian factions reach deal on Gaza Strip

October 12, 2017 9:03 AM
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Rival Palestinian factions reach deal on Gaza Strip

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- The leader of Hamas says his group has reached an agreement with the rival Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after Egyptian-brokered talks about the terms of control of the Gaza Strip.

Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement that details would be announced in Cairo later on Thursday.

The Islamic militant Hamas evicted Abbas' Western-backed Palestinian Authority from Gaza a decade ago, leading to a crippling territorial and political split among Palestinians. Abbas oversees autonomous enclaves in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Hamas and Fatah officials held two days of talks in Cairo this week about a Palestinian Authority return to Gaza.

Sticking points include control over the arsenal of Hamas' armed wing and the fate of thousands of Hamas public servants.

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Source: cbsnews.com

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