Palestinian labourers work at a cement factory, during the few hours of electricity supply from the mains they receive every day, at the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip. September 24, 2017. / AFP / SAID KHATIB
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Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah will travel to Gaza on Oct. 2 as part of a fresh push to end a decadelong split between Fatah and Hamas, which runs the enclave, his government said Monday.The visit follows concessions by Hamas after discussions with Egypt, which has urged it to take steps toward reconciliation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah, based in the occupied West Bank.Fatah and Hamas have run separate administrations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip respectively, for more than a decade.Hamas said a week ago that it had agreed to steps toward resolving the split with Abbas' Fatah, announcing it would dissolve a body seen as a rival government – known as the administrative committee – and was ready to hold elections.Both Hamas and Fatah are signaling caution.Hamas has run Gaza since 2007, having seized it in a near civil war from Fatah following a dispute over parliamentary elections won by Hamas the previous year.
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