Hamas says progress made in Palestinian reconciliation talks

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah shakes hands with Hamas chief Ismail Hani

Hamas says progress made in Palestinian reconciliation talks

Palestinian parties Hamas and Fatah announced a breakthrough in reconciliation talks on Thursday, with Hamas saying that the two rivals have reached a deal.

Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh announced Thursday morning that his organization and Fatah have reached a reconciliation agreement.

Al-Nuno gave no further details on the content of the deal.

A Hamas official told Reuters that details are expected to be released at a noon news conference in Cairo, where unity talks between the rival factions began on Tuesday.

The talks between Fatah and Hamas were conducted after Egypt tried several times to resolve the conflict between the two factions and establish a unity government in Gaza and the West Bank.

But under Egypt's mediation, major steps have been made toward narrowing rifts since Hamas handed administrative powers in Gaza to a Fatah-backed government last month.

The Islamists of the Hamas terror group and the West Bank-based Fatah movement of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have been at odds since they fought a near civil war in 2007.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

"We are meeting in Cairo in hopes of formulating a roadmap titled National Reconciliation", wrote Hamas member Izzat Reshiq on his Twitter account earlier this week.

According to BBC, Egypt has been brokering reconciliation talks in Cairo.

Islamist movement Hamas is blacklisted as a terrorist organisation by the United States and the European Union.

The deal would see Hamas, which has the most powerful armed Palestinian faction with an estimated 25,000 well-equipped fighters who have fought three wars with Israel since 2008.

The crossing has remained largely closed in recent years.

Reconciliation could also pose a dilemma for global efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal since Hamas has not recognised Israel, unlike the Abbas-led Palestine Liberation Organisation.

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