Gaza Strip: Reconciliation deal for Palestinians

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The Independent Online

Smaller Palestinian factions signed a reconciliation deal yesterday before a formal ceremony this week to celebrate the accord designed to end a four-year rift between the biggest factions, Hamas and Fatah.

Egypt last week brokered the accord between the Islamist Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, and the secular Fatah, which heads the US-backed Palestinian Authority and controls self-rule areas of the occupied West Bank. Palestinians see reconciliation as crucial for establishing an independent state in the territories captured by Israel in 1967.

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