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Hamas and Fatah strike deal for unity government

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have agreed a deal for a national unity government to return to the Gaza Strip, which since 2006 has been run by Hamas.

The agreement, signed in Cairo on Friday, was described as “comprehensive” by Palestinian officials, but a Hamas official told AP that disagreements remained over who will pay civil servants in Gaza, and whether the Palestinian Authority's own security forces would be allowed in the territory.

The terms of the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel require a PA presence in Gaza, which Hamas accepted in return for help in reconstructing the region, which was severely damaged during the recent fighting.

Palestinian factions begin talks to solve disputes (24 September 2014)