Details of new Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal to be announced this afternoon

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Hamas says that it has reached a reconciliation deal with Fatah, ending a decade-long rift that has left the Palestinian Territories without a unified government.

Al-Ahmad also praised Egypt's role in helping achieve Palestinian national reconciliation and providing a venue for Hamas-Fatah talks.

Egypt has previously attempted to help Hamas and Fatah create a united government for Gaza and the West Bank.

The 2011 agreement stipulated that legislative, presidential and national council elections should be conducted within one year of its signing.

According to a Palestinian source close to the Cairo talks, the agreement calls for the Fatah-led Palestinian unity government to assume full political and administrative control of the Gaza Strip by Dec.1.

Fayez Abu Eita, a Fatah spokesman and member of the party's delegation in Cairo, told AFP details would be announced at a press conference later on Thursday.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said he wants weapons to be under unified control.




The accord will see the consensus government officially take full administrative control of Gaza by December 1, according to a statement issued by Egypt's state media center.

Repeated reconciliation attempts have failed since 2007.

Struggling with the fallout from the border blockade, Hamas has found it increasingly hard to govern or provide basic services, such as electricity.

But the move was seen as mainly symbolic, with Hamas still effectively in charge in the Palestinian enclave of two million people bordered by Egypt, Israel and the Mediterranean Sea.

The publicly-released parts of the agreement did not specify what would happen to Hamas' armed wing.

Hamas suggested in a new political manifesto earlier this year that it might consider a state in pre-1967 lines as an interim option, but also endorses an Islamic state in historic Palestine, including what is now Israel.

Reconciliation could also pose a dilemma for worldwide 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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