A breakthrough in the Middle East: Hamas and Fatah have reached an agreement. Hamas has agreed to hand control of the Gaza Strip to a unity government by December 1st. Over a decade ago, Hamas had ousted Fatah from the territory.
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.
A senior Hamas figure has said the group will not dismantle its powerful armed wing or recognize Israel. It came in response to Washington demanding Hamas meet those conditions to join any Palestinian unity government.
Reconciliation efforts between Fatah and Hamas have failed over the past ten years. With new talks starting, many Palestinians are hopeful that the two sides will turn their focus to improving people's lives.
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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