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UN warns of conflict in Gaza if talks fail

United Nations: Conflict is likely to once again engulf Gaza if a deal on the return of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to the Hamas-controlled enclave fails, the UN envoy for the Middle East warned Monday. Addressing the Security Council on the eve of talks in Cairo between Palestinian factions, …

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PA forces 18,000 military staff to retire

The Palestinian Authority (PA) is to force up to 18,000 Palestinian military staff into retirement by the end of this year, a Fatah official revealed on Sunday. The official, who spoke to Al-Resalah newspaper on the condition of anonymity, said that after finishing with military employees the PA will turn its attention …

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Will Gaza, West Bank merge security forces?

Although the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation agreement — signed Oct. 12 in Egypt — has rekindled hope, doubts remain as to whether the outstanding issues, such as the problems linked to the security services, can be overcome. There are Palestinian fears that failing to reach solutions to these issues will halt reconciliation. Palestinian President …

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Final reconciliation agreement to be announced in Cairo press conference today

PNN/ Cairo/ The two major Palestinian parties, Fatah and Hamas today will announce the final reconciliation agreement in a press release in the Egyptian capital of Cairo at 1:00 PM today. The two groups held on Tuesday and Wednesday two sessions of national dialogue in Cairo described as held in …

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Initial agreement points of the Palestinian reconciliation meeting in Cairo

PNN/ Cairo/ The Palestinian reconciliation meeting sponsored by Cairo on Tuesday has reportedly had a positive atmosphere, according to a statement issued at the conclusion of the meeting that lasted until the a late hour. The statement said that the talks were held “out of a sense of national responsibility and …

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PA’s Abbas fears being sidelined by Egypt-Hamas-Dahlan alliance

GAZA CITY/RAMALLAH, Palestine – Amid a flurry of excitement about the reconciliation pact between Hamas and Fatah, the Palestinian Authority is increasingly concerned about the Egyptian role in the talks. In the PA’s eyes, Cairo is not even attempting to hide its support for both Hamas and Mohammed Dahlan, both rivals to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, …

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Fatah, Hamas begin reconciliation talks in Cairo

PNN/ Cairo/ Representatives from the Fatah and Hamas parties today began the reconciliation talks in the Egyptian capital, a week after the Fatah ruled Palestinian Authority visited the Hamas controlled Gaza strip, in order to start the process. The meetings in Cairo are centred around implementing the 2011 Cairo Agreement, which …

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PNA pressing for full Gaza rule, Hamdallah says

Published: 18:53 October 3, 2017 Bloomberg Gaza City: The Palestinian National Authority cabinet met in the Gaza Strip for the first time in three years as its members began to take charge of ministries from Hamas, and said they would start talks next week on the contentious issue of security …

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Sinwar: ‘we will not back down from reconciliation’

Head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, said yesterday that achieving reconciliation is a strategic decision that the movement will not back down from, noting that the movement is united in this decision. During a meeting organised by the Hamas Youth Department in Gaza, Sinwar said that Hamas …

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Gaza to see forced military retirement in June

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian Authority (PA) is set to enact in June a controversial law that will force about half of Gaza’s security personnel to retire, while leaving the West Bank’s force intact. Officials in the security services have started contacting staff members to inform them of …

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