Hamas, Fatah Reach Palestinian Reconciliation Deal in Cairo

Haaretz reports: “Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have reached a reconciliation agreement, Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh announced on Thursday.

The agreement, which follows two days of intensive negotiations at the headquarters of Egyptian intelligence in Cairo, has reportedly focused on the integration of Hamas officials into the Palestinian Authority’s relevant ministries, the rebuilding of Gaza’s police system, and the joint management of strip’s crossings.

The issue of introducing a joint PA, Hamas presence at Gaza’s border crossings is key in efforts to encourage Israel and Egypt to lift the economic blockade that is currently in place over the strip.

According to reports in Gaza and Ramallah, representatives of both organizations will hold a press conference at 1 P.M. local time, where full details of the agreement will be shared…”

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