Ha­mas, Fatah sign deal to end long Pales­tinian tus­sle

Un­der the pact, the West Bankbased Pales­tinian Author­ity is to re­sume full con­trol of the Ha­mas-con­trolled Gaza Strip by De­cem­ber 1

The Asian Age - - Front Page -

Cairo, Oct. 12: Ri­val Pales­tinian fac­tions Ha­mas and Fatah signed an agree­ment on Thurs­day for end­ing a decade-long split fol­low­ing talks me­di­ated by Egypt in Cairo, with Pres­i­dent Mah­mud Ab­bas call­ing it a “fi­nal” ac­cord.

Un­der the agree­ment, the West Bank-based Pales­tinian Author­ity is to re­sume full con­trol of the Ha­mas-con­trolled Gaza Strip by De­cem­ber 1, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from Egypt’s govern­ment.

Mr Ab­bas wel­comed the

deal and said that he con­sid­ered it a “fi­nal agree­ment to end the di­vi­sion” — though many de­tails re­main to be re­solved and pre­vi­ous rec­on­cil­i­a­tion at­tempts have re­peat­edly failed.

It was signed in Cairo by new Ha­mas deputy leader Salah al-Aruri and Az­zam al-Ahmad, the head of the Fatah del­e­ga­tion for the talks, at the head­quar­ters of Egypt’s in­tel­li­gence ser­vice, which over­saw the ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Cel­e­bra­tions broke out in the Gaza Strip af­ter the an­nounce­ment of the deal, with res­i­dents wav­ing flags of Egypt, Pales­tine, Fatah and Ha­mas.

In Is­rael’s first re­ac­tion, a govern­ment of­fi­cial said Ha­mas must dis­arm and recog­nise Is­rael un­der the deal.

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