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Palestinian factions aim to end rivalry

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Palestinian factions aim to end rivalry


Hamas and Fatah, the main rival Palestinian factions, said on Thursday that they have made significant progress on power-sharing.

But there was no major breakthrough in Cairo after the first meeting in six months between the two groups.

“We’ve turned a new page. There was a great deal of understanding and enthusiam for working together and we were serious about implementing, not only reconciliation but everything needed to put the Palestinian house in order,” Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said.

Hostilities between the two sides erupted into open conflict in 2007, when Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip and Fatah strengthened its hold of the West Bank. The last meeting yielded an agreement for a single government and elections in May. But there has been little progress since.

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