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Fatah and Hamas strike deal to form unity government

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Fatah and Hamas strike deal to form unity government

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Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah say they have resolved their deep divisions.

Holding talks in the Egyptian capital Cairo, the two groups reportedly thrashed out a deal opening the way for a unity interim government and general elections.

A spokesman for Hamas in Gaza told Reuters news agency that both sides had signed initial letters on an agreement and all points of differences had been overcome.

The reported deal came as thousands of protesters gathered in the West Bank and Gaza calling for reconciliation.

The rival Palestinian political groups have been at loggerheads since Hamas ousted Fatah forces from Gaza in 2007.