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Security co-operation with Egypt's intelligence agencies improves conditions in Sinai: Hamas leader

Security co-operation with Egypt's intelligence agencies improves conditions in Sinai: Hamas leader

As a first step on the track to Palestinian reconciliation, Hamas is set to hand over power in the Gaza Strip to a Palestinian unity government.

Hamas, which is considered a terrorist organization by the US, the European Union and Israel, agreed to cede control of Gaza as funds from overseas dried up and Abbas imposed sanctions that reduced government salaries and cut electricity to three hours a day.

In their Ramallah meeting, President Abbas thanked Egypt for its efforts to help the Palestinians overcome their division and reach reconciliation and reunification between the West Bank and Gaza Strip after 10 years of rift. The Cabinet members later went to the offices of each of their ministries to formally assume control from Hamas.

"The whole world is waiting for your efforts to achieve reconciliation among the Palestinian people and appreciates your determination to address all obstacles", Sissi said in a pre-recorded speech addressing the two main Palestinian movements on Tuesday.

Abbas in an TV News Agency that will not tolerate any strong Hamas in Gaza, comparing the Fatah rival to Hezbollah. Almost 100 Israelis have been killed and thousands injured.

This is not the first time Bennett has made extremist right wing statements, according to the PNN, as he previously said that more people should have been "eliminated" in the war on Gaza, calling them "terrorists".

"I say on my behalf and on behalf of the brothers in Fatah and all the Palestinian factions that we are ready to pay any price for the success of Palestinian national reconciliation", he said.

Netanyahu spoke at a Likud meeting in Ma'aleh Adumimin settlement block where he described an "imaginary appeasement where the Palestinian side is reconciling at the expense of our existence", adding that anyone who discusses a peace process must recognize Israel as a "Jewish" state.

Fawzy held meetings on Tuesday with the President of Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh as well as Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.