RI­VAL PALES­TINIAN FAC­TIONS HA­MAS AND FATAH REACH UNITY PLAN

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Jerusalem — The Pales­tinian mil­i­tant group Ha­mas backed a plan to be­gin rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with its ri­val, Fatah, on Thurs­day, af­ter more than a decade at log­ger­heads that left the Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries split between com­pet­ing lead­er­ships. Pales­tinian of­fi­cials said the deal stip­u­lates that a unity govern­ment formed in 2014 and led by Pales­tinian Author­ity Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas’s Fatah party will run the Gaza Strip un­til a new ad­min­is­tra­tion is formed be­fore the end of the year. But thorny ob­sta­cles that have blocked past unity bids — in­clud­ing the fate of Ha­mas’s pow­er­ful armed wing — have not yet been dis­cussed.

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