Hazem Attallah, the Palestinian chief of police, gestures during a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 8, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' administration said Wednesday it had resumed security coordination with Israel in the occupied West Bank, frozen in July, and sought sole security control of the Gaza Strip, where Hamas forces dominate.Attallah said his police forces were ready to impose order in Gaza, likening the situation there to the occupied West Bank a decade ago, where the Palestinian Authority set about disarming and dismantling Hamas and other armed factions.Hamas continues to police Gaza with nearly 13,000 security personnel.An Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal last month formally restored Abbas' administrative control of Gaza after a 10-year schism with Hamas, though the details of implementation have yet to be worked out fully.Wednesday, Israeli authorities approved building permits for 240 new homes in settlement neighborhoods in occupied Jerusalem's eastern sector, Deputy Mayor Meir Turjeman told AFP.
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