Fatah, Hamas claim deal in place to end rivalry
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 decadeold Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the coastal territory, even though past attempts at unity have foundered on key issues that remain unresolved.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said it was reached under “generous Egyptian auspices,” without elaborating. Egypt has been eager to show progress in unity talks, and both Palestinian factions face pressure to resolve their differences.
A senior Palestinian official said Mr. Abbas, the leader of Fatah, might visit Gaza in the coming weeks, depending on the successful implementation of the agreement.