Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Unity Government to take control of Gaza by December 01

Unity Government to take control of Gaza by December 01

Egypt has helped mediate several attempts to reconcile the two movements and form a power-sharing unity government in Gaza and the West Bank.

"We also extend our thanks and appreciation to President Abbas who had the desire and the real will to end the division and restore the unity of the brotherly Palestinian people", the statement read.

Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement that details would be announced in Cairo later on Thursday.

In 2014 a deal was struck, however Hamas reneged on the agreement and continued to rule over Gaza. Hamas leaders have said they would not disarm as long as Israel occupies Palestinian land.

"Israel will study the developments on the ground and will act accordingly", the official said on condition of anonymity.

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He added that all Palestinian factions would begin wider negotiations on the formation of a national unity government in the coming two weeks.

Mr Abbas will visit Gaza in "less than a month", a Fatah official told Agence France-Presse.

Sanctions taken by Abbas against Hamas-controlled Gaza will also soon be lifted, the Fatah official said.

The figure is however a fraction of the more than 20,000 police officers employed separately by Hamas.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said on Sunday the Egypt-backed reconciliation talks between the PA and Hamas are "preparation" for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

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The meetings in Cairo are centred around implementing the 2011 Cairo Agreement between the two political parties, in hopes of ending the 10-year political schism. In June 2007, its militants seized power in the Gaza Strip.

Egypt has been keen to improve security in the Sinai Peninsula which borders Gaza and where jihadist rebels have fought a long-running insurgency. Fatah negotiator Azzam al-Ahmed and Hamas' representative Saleh al-Arouri smiled and shook hands in a short ceremony presided over by Egypt's chief of intelligence, Khalid Fawzi.

Israel viewed the Palestinian accord warily, saying it must abide by previous global agreements and terms set out by the Quartet of Middle East peace mediators - including the recognition of Israel and the disarming of Hamas.

Struggling with the fallout from the border blockade, Hamas has found it increasingly hard to govern or provide basic services, such as electricity.

The crossing has remained largely closed in recent years.

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