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Rival Palestinian groups appear to move toward unity after a 10-year split

Rival Palestinian groups appear to move toward unity after a 10-year split

The Palestinian Authority’s Fatah movement and its militant rival, Hamas, on Sunday appeared to move toward ending a 10-year split after Hamas vowed to accept conditions including a unity government and general elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Hamas, which took control of Gaza in 2007, also said it would dismantle its governing body, known as the administrative committee, and allow the unity government to run the area.

By abandoning its hold over Gaza, Hamas would accept the conditions called for by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whose internationally recognized government is based in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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