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.
The US has accused Ismail Haniyeh of involvement in Hamas militants' attacks on Israelis and Americans. The group countered that the decision would not deter it from "continuing the resistance."
Israel's defense minister has made the destruction of tunnels an "essential component" of Israel's security policy. Often used to smuggle goods into the Gaza Strip, the tunnels have at times been used for attacks.
Rival Palestinian political factions have agreed to hold elections by the end of 2018. The announcement came after two days of reconciliation talks in Cairo between Fatah and Hamas.
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.
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