Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reach key deal over Gaza

Hamas had a compromise with conquest

Hamas had a compromise with conquest

The agreement, which follows two days of intensive negotiations at the headquaters of Egyptian intelligence in Cairo, has reportedly focussed on the integration of Hamas officials into the Palestinian Authority's relevant ministries, the rebuilding of Gaza's police system, and the joint management of strip's crossings.

According to the text of the agreement signed by both parties, Egypt mediated the deal in order to "achieve Palestinian unity in order to. establish an independent Palestinian state" in Gaza and the Israel-occupied West Bank.

The two Palestinian factions will meet again in the Egyptian capital next.

"President Abbas has instructed the government, and all of its institutions, to work hard towards the implementation of what has been agreed to in Cairo", Palestine's official Wafa news agency reported. Egypt has been brokering the reconciliation talks.

"Sinwar congratulated President Abbas by phone on the completion of the national reconciliation project", Fatah - of which Abbas serves as chairman - said in a statement.

Abbas welcomed the deal in comments to AFP and said he considered it a "final agreement to end the division" - though many details remain to be resolved and previous reconciliation attempts have repeatedly failed.

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MK Tzipi Livni called the reconciliation talks in Cairo "an opportunity for change", but also called on Hamas to disarm.

During this period, the source added, the Ramallah government will pay all outstanding salaries owed to Gaza's public servants.

Certain success in overcoming the split was reached in September when Cairo hosted talks of Egypt's intelligence first with the Hamas delegation and then with Fatah emissaries.

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

Hamas seized Gaza from Fatah in a near civil war in 2007 and the two factions have been at loggerheads ever since.

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