A poster of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Prime minister Rami Hamdallah hangs on a street in Gaza City, Sunday Oct. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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The top U.N. envoy for Israeli-Palestinian peace hailed improving relations between the two major Palestinian factions Monday, after premier Rami Hamdallah visited Gaza for the first time in two years.Hamas seized Gaza from the PA in 2007 in a near civil war, and the division between the two is seen as one of the greatest obstacles to a meaningful peace process with Israel.The Palestinian Authority accepts Israel's right to exist, but Hamas does not.Washington views Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel since 2008, as a "terrorist" group.
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