Palestinian delegations of both Fatah and Hamas rival parties after reaching a reconciliation deal in Cairo, ending a decade-long division - Photo by Essam el-Shamy/Egypt Today Palestinian delegations of both Fatah and Hamas rival parties after reaching a reconciliation deal in Cairo, ending a decade-long division - Photo by Essam el-Shamy/Egypt Today

In pics: Palestinian rivals end decade-long division in Cairo

Thu, Oct. 12, 2017
Cairo – 12 October 2017: A reconciliation deal reached Thursday between both Palestinian rival parties in Cairo has been praised by all Palestinian factions as a breakthrough to the decade-long division.

Egypt’s, which was hosting a series of reconciliation meetings, was praised after an announcement Thursday the two parties reached a deal, under which the Palestinian Concession Government will assume administration affairs of Rafah Border by Dec.1.

Egypt Today’s photographer Essam el-Shamy highlighted the parties’ remarkable meeting in Cairo with his camera.


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Members of Palestinian rival parties ahead of press conference in Cairo to announce reconciliation deal - Photo by Essam el-Shamy

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Members of Palestinian rival parties ahead of press conference in Cairo to announce reconciliation deal - Photo by Essam el-Shamy



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Members of Palestinian rival parties ahead of press conference in Cairo to announce reconciliation deal - Photo by Essam el-Shamy


During a press conference, both delegations’ leaders expressed gratitude to Egypt’s mediation role and hosting of reconciliation talks.


Video of the Palestinian rivals signing the accord in Cairo

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Both delegations released a statement Thursday, saying that the Palestinian Concession government should assume the administration affairs of the border before Dec. 1, while working on removing all division suffered problems. It also added that the Presidential Guard of President Mahmoud Abbas will operate the border, under a reconciliation deal.

Egypt invited Palestinian factions who signed the 2011 Accord to hold their coming meeting on Nov. 21, 2017 in Cairo, said the statement.


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Members of Palestinian rival parties ahead of press conference in Cairo to announce reconciliation deal - Photo by Essam el-Shamy


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Members of Palestinian rival parties ahead of press conference in Cairo to announce reconciliation deal - Photo by Essam el-Shamy


9E8A9158 Members of Palestinian rival parties during press conference in Cairo - Photo by Essam el-Shamy / Egypt Today


In remarks on the reconciliation deal reached in Cairo, Saleh al-Arouri, deputy head of the Hamas political bureau said "The Hamas movement is serious and sincere in ending the Palestinian division and achieving national reconciliation.”

"There are no new agreements signed,” Arouri said, adding that what is currently happening is that the two parties, side by side, are ensuring that the agreement signed in 2011 in Cairo is taking effect.”


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Hamas and Fatah leaders after signing a reconciliation deal in Cairo - Photo by Essam el-Shamy / Egypt Today


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Hamas and Fatah leaders after signing a reconciliation deal in Cairo - Photo by Essam el-Shamy / Egypt Today


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Hamas and Fatah leaders after signing a reconciliation deal in Cairo - Photo by Essam el-Shamy / Egypt Today


The Gaza employees’ problem will be completely resolved by the next meeting held between Palestinian parties in Cairo, according to a Fatah Central Committee member, Azzam Al-Ahmad.


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Members of Palestinian rival parties during press conference in Cairo - Photo by Essam el-Shamy / Egypt Today


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Members of Palestinian rival parties during press conference in Cairo - Photo by Essam el-Shamy / Egypt Today


A festive scene was glimpsed in Gaza strip. Palestinians in the strip celebrated the reconciliation agreement that was signed between the Palestinian rival factions, Hamas and Fatah, under Egyptian auspices, by raising both the Palestinian and Egyptian flags.




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Members of Fatah, Hamas delegations in Cairo after ahead of press conference to announce reconciliation deal - Essam el-Shamy/Egypt Today


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Members of Palestinian rival parties during press conference in Cairo - Photo by Essam el-Shamy / Egypt Today


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Fatah and Hamas leaders after signing a reconciliation agreement in Cairo - Photo by Essam el-Shamy/Egypt Today


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Fatah and Hamas delegations during reconciliation talks in Cairo - Photo by Essam el-Shamy/ Egypt Today
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