Tension is high in the West Bank and Israel following yet another upsurge in violence. Israeli soldiers killed 6 Palestinians in clashes on the Gaza border, while there were four stabbing incidents inside Israel targeting both Jews and Palestinians.
Rival factions Fatah and Hamas have reached a reconciliation deal to form a unity government. Under the deal, the Palestinian Authority will take over governing in the Gaza Strip.
Over 5,000 women from both Israel and the Palestinian territories have arrived in Jerusalem after a two-week march through Israel and the West Bank. They are calling for a peace deal.
Hamas agreed to relinquish civilian control in Gaza to a unity government in mid-September. Hamdallah claimed the internationally recognised Palestinian Authority would resume control of Gaza's government soon.
Both sides voiced optimism as talks began in the Egyptian capital, with a top Hamas representative saying he was "full of hope" for reconciliation. Egypt has been instrumental in bringing the two sides together.
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