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Between Fatah and Hamas, reconciliation is now reality

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Analysis. The agreement signed Thursday in Cairo gives the Palestinian National Authority control of Gaza but leaves unresolved the issue of Hamas’ arsenal of rockets.

written by Michele Giorgio

Topic Middle East and North Africa


October 14, 2017

Starting Dec. 1, the government of the Palestinian National Authority will regain full control of Gaza, and 3,000 presidential guardsmen will be deployed on the Strip’s streets and on the crossings to Egypt and Israel. These are some of the main points of the agreement, mediated by the Egyptians, signed Thursday in Cairo by Hamas second-in-command Saleh al Aruri and Fatah’s chief of staff Azzam al Ahmad.

The agreement has healed a wound, which had been open for over 10 years, with devastating consequences not only on a political level. The signing of the agreement was followed by demonstrations of joy in the streets of Gaza by thousands of people. The people of Gaza hope that the newly found national unity will give new impetus to the reconstruction of the Strip, still torn apart after the Israeli offensive “Protective Margin” in 2014, and more recently struck by the punitive measures imposed by President Abu Mazen to force the Islamists to give up........

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