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Two Major Palestinian Factions, Hamas And Fatah, Reach Landmark Deal

Jalil Javed

According to the leader of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, both Fatah and Hamas have reached a state of political reconciliation.

In a public statement, released on the official Hamas website, Haniyeh said: “Fatah and Hamas reached an agreement at dawn today under generous Egyptian sponsorship.”

One of the main tenants of the deal, according to Azzam al-Ahmad, head of the Palestinian Authority delegation, was that the Rafah Border between Egypt and Gaza will come under the administration of the Presidential Guard, operating under Mahmoud Abbas, starting from November 1st.

“Security measures will be applied and adopted by the Palestinian Authority where the presidential guards will be spread all over the borders,” al-Ahmad said.

The agreement has not been released in full, but it is reported that it covers other issues of security and administration. The deal was reached after two days of negotiations in Cairo, which were mediated by Egypt.

Sources also say that the two groups will meet in 30 days to organize presidential and legislative elections.

Featured Image Credits: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

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