People release pigeons during an event to show support for a unity deal between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, in Gaza City. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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It didn't take long after the firework smoke cleared in Gaza for some Palestinians to start questioning whether a unity deal between their two most powerful factions would hold.Under the reconciliation pact, Hamas is handing over administrative control of Gaza, including the Rafah border crossing – once the main gateway to the world for the 2 million Palestinians in the territory – to a government backed by the mainstream Fatah party.A decade ago, Hamas forces seized the Gaza Strip from Fatah forces in a brief civil war. That triggered the political rupture between Hamas and Fatah, which eventually led to their short civil war in Gaza.
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