Fatah and Hamas Agree to Reconciliation Deal in Cairo
The Palestinian parties Fatah and Hamas signed a reconciliation deal in Cairo on Thursday, agreeing to hold elections and establish control of the border crossing from the Gaza strip.
Azzam al-Ahmad, head of the Palestinian Authority delegation, said in a press conference that the two parties agreed on security measures for the border crossing between Gaza and Egypt. Mr. al-Ahmad said the presidential guards “will be spread over all the borders,” including the Rafah crossing, beginning on November 1.
Al Jazeera reported that the agreement also includes a provision for legislative, national council and presidential elections within a year. The full details of the agreement have not been released.
The Palestinian Authority controls the West Bank but Hamas has administered the Gaza strip for a decade. Hamas and the Fatah party split in June 2007, and entered Egypt-brokered talks in an attempt to reconcile their long-standing dispute. The parties met last month for the first time in nearly three years.