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Text of Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal Leaked

16 October 2017

Khalil al-Hayyah said in an interview aired on Saturday night by the official Gaza-based Hamas-run al-Aqsa Satellite TV that "we can not move back after all ministries and corporations in Gaza had been handed over to the government", Xinhua reported.

Senior Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri (left) sits next to Fatah's Azzam al-Ahmad as they sign a reconciliation deal in Cairo on Thursday. Last week, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah visited Gaza for the first time since 2015 and his ministers took formal control of government departments in the territory.

In a report Sunday, the London-based Pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat quoted "knowledgeable" Palestinian sources who said the two sides had agreed that major decisions such as signing a peace deal or starting a violent conflict with Israel would be made collectively.

With Hamas in control, conditions in Gaza deteriorated.

Palestinian Authority President and Fatah head Mahmoud Abbas hailed Thursday's agreement as a "final agreement to end the division" - though many key issues remain to be resolved and previous reconciliation attempts have repeatedly failed.

According to the text of the agreement signed by both parties, Egypt mediated the deal in order to "achieve Palestinian unity in order to ... establish an independent Palestinian state" in Gaza and the Israel-occupied West Bank.

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On November 21, representatives of all Palestinian factions will meet in Cairo to discuss forming a new government, elections for president and parliament, and reforms of the political structure, Hayya reportedly also said.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said on Friday that the EU is ready to help the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to reunite under "one single and legitimate Palestinian Authority".

The figure is a fraction of the number of police officers employed by Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip.

Reconciliation could also pose a dilemma for global efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal since Hamas has not recognized Israel, unlike the Abbas-led Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Hamas officials, however, have vowed its military wing would not disarm. Hamas and Israel fought three wars over the past decade.

But the move was seen as mainly symbolic, with Hamas still effectively in charge in the Palestinian enclave of two million people bordered by Egypt, Israel and the Mediterranean Sea.

Text of Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal Leaked