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Egypt hails 'opportunity' for Palestinian unity

Egypt hails 'opportunity' for Palestinian unity

Following the reconciliation of Palestine's two main political forces, brokered by Egyptian intelligence services, the head of the Gaza-based Islamist resistance movement Hamas, Ismail Hania, spoke to Egyptian media in a rare interview.

Hamas has controlled Gaza since seizing it from the PA in a near civil war in 2007 and multiple previous reconciliation attempts have failed. The Cabinet members later went to the offices of each of their ministries to formally assume control from Hamas.

He said Egypt is going to invite Fatah and Hamas to Cairo in the near future to discuss the developments so far and to prepare for a wider meeting for all the factions involved in signing the May 4, 2011 Cairo reconciliation agreement in order to start implementing its terms.

"The whole world is waiting for your efforts to achieve reconciliation among the Palestinian people and appreciates your determination to address all obstacles", Sissi said in a pre-recorded speech addressing the two main Palestinian movements on Tuesday.

El-Sissi sponsored the negotiations in part because he wants Hamas' cooperation in deterring attacks on Egyptian soldiers in the northern Sinai peninsula bordering Gaza.

Abbas in an TV News Agency that will not tolerate any strong Hamas in Gaza, comparing the Fatah rival to Hezbollah. Palestinian militants have fired about 11,000 rockets into the Jewish state since Israel removed its soldiers and settlers from Gaza in 2005.

Israel in the past has opposed any role in Palestinian government for Hamas, which achieved global notoriety in the 1990s by launching suicide bomb attacks in the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

"We can not accept fake reconciliation on the Palestinian side that comes at the expense of our existence".

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah vowed Wednesday to boost economic growth in Gaza Strip, in a meeting with dozens of businessmen from Gaza.

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