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Palestinian factions meet for discussions in Cairo

Palestinian Fatah movement leader Azzam Al-Ahmad (6th L) and Deputy Chairman of the Movement's Political Bureau Saleh Al-Arouri (7th L) pose for a photo with head of Egyptian Intelligence Service Khaled Fawzy (8th R) after signing the reconciliation agreement in Cairo, Egypt on 12 October 2017 [Ahmed Gamil/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza travelled to Cairo to join the national dialogue discussions for the first time since 2012, Shehabreported yesterday.

Representatives from Al-Ahrar Movement, the Popular Resistance Movement, the Popular Resistance Committees and Al-Mujahideen Movement left Gaza for Cairo yesterday afternoon.

This is the first time that these factions have travelled to Cairo to take part in the national dialogue discussions since 2012.

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Reports said that Hamas requested that they join the discussions, which include talks about a potential truce with the Israeli occupation, because the issue of the truce is not related to Hamas alone.

Meanwhile, a delegation from Islamic Jihad also arrived to take part in the talks.

For days, Hamas officials have been discussing the national reconciliation. Hamas received two Egyptian proposals and agreed with the other Palestinian factions from Gaza on one common vision and submitted it to the Egyptian mediators.

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