Portraits of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas hang at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt on November 1, 2017. AFP / SAID KHATIB
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Hamas has passed the first test of a reconciliation agreement by giving up control of the Gaza Strip's borders, but sterner challenges await in the bid to end its 10-year rift with rival Fatah. It was the first step in an Egyptian-brokered accord agreed last month, under which the Palestinian Authority is due to take control of the Gaza Strip by Dec. 1 .Other issues left to be resolved include the future of Hamas' 25,000-strong armed wing, with the movement so far refusing to disarm.The fate of Hamas' armed wing is seen as non-negotiable, and could ultimately bring down the agreement.Officials present, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Hamas actually offered more than the PA had asked for, agreeing to withdraw all their staff from the borders.Since Hamas took control a decade ago, the 2 million Gazans have seen living conditions worsen.Hamas has shown no willingness to disarm its armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.Israel and the United States have said Hamas must disarm and recognize Israel to be part of any future unity government.
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