Hamas Chief in Gaza: Unity Deal ‘Falling Apart’

PA President Mahmoud Abbas
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The Algemeiner reports: The Palestinian Islamist terror group Hamas’ leader in Gaza said on Thursday a reconciliation deal with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction was collapsing, just 10 weeks after the agreement was reached.

The rivals signed a deal brokered by Cairo on Oct. 12 after Hamas agreed to hand over administrative control of the Gaza Strip, including its border crossings with Egypt and Israel, a decade after seizing control of the enclave in a civil war.

The deal bridged a deep gulf between Fatah and Hamas. But continued disputes have delayed its implementation. Yehya Al-Sinwar, Hamas’ chief in Gaza and a key architect of the unity agreement, offered a bleak outlook on Thursday, suggesting the deal could suffer a similar fate to numerous reconciliation attempts over the past decade.

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