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Hamas, Fatah to resume talks

Hamas and Fatah are set to resume talks in Cairo.

Egyptian-brokered talks between Fatah, the dominant party in the relatively moderate Palestinian Authority, and Hamas, the terrorist group running the Gaza Strip, have stalled in recent months over Fatah’s insistence that it return to some positions of power in Gaza.

Hamas seeks an end to the crackdown on its institutions in the West Bank and grater P.A. advocacy for oening up Gaza’s borders with Israel.

The sides now expect to resume talks before the end of the month, media reports said this week.

The talks will address issues including power-sharing in Gaza and preparing for the next presidential and parliamentary elections.

Fatah wants Hamas to allow P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas to stay on beyond the end of his term in January, until elections are feasible throughout the West Bank and Gaza.

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