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CAIRO Pales­tinian ri­vals Fatah and Hamas reached a pre­lim­i­nary agree­ment Thurs­day that could re­turn the Gaza Strip to Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas’ con­trol and ease a decade-old Is­raeli-Egyp­tian block­ade of the coastal ter­ri­tory.

“This is the dream and the am­bi­tion of every pa­tri­otic and hon­ourable Pales­tinian, to reach uni­fi­ca­tion,” said Ra­mal­lah res­i­dent Jawad Abu Shaikha.

A se­nior Pales­tinian of­fi­cial said Ab­bas, the leader of Fatah, might visit Gaza in the com­ing weeks, de­pend­ing on the suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of the agree­ment.

The Western-backed Ab­bas hasn’t set foot in Gaza since 2007.

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