A Palestinian girl stands by a stove as a boy stands nearby next to cabbages in their home in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip on February 1, 2018. / AFP / SAID KHATIB
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The two leading Palestinian factions missed another deadline Thursday to implement a reconciliation deal, potentially burying the landmark accord aimed at ending their decadelong split.The Hamas movement was to hand over power in the Gaza Strip by December to the Palestinian Authority, led by Fatah.While small changes have occurred since the deal was signed in October – notably the handing over of Gaza's borders to the PA – Hamas remains firmly in charge in Gaza.It was hoped that reconciliation could alleviate humanitarian suffering in Gaza, which is home to some 2 million people.A year later, Hamas violently seized control of Gaza.Since October, Hamas has largely stopped paying its staff, saying it is the responsibility of the PA under the agreement while last year PA staff have had their salaries cut by 30 percent.
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