State of Palestine: Hamas hands over Gaza border crossing to Palestinian National Authority

The Palestinian National Authority government formally took over the Gaza border crossings from Hamas following a Cairo-brokered agreement of Palestinian reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, at a ceremony at the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, Wednesday. Minister of Housing and Construction in the Palestinian National Authority Mufid al-Hassayna expressed hope that... Еще the Palestinian division is a thing of the past, while adding, «the word 'division' should not be in the Palestinian dictionary.» «As a government we say that this reconciliation will be carried out despite all the challenges, with the effort of our brothers in Egypt,» he added. Gaza and the West Bank have been administered separately since 2007, respectively by Hamas and the Fatah-ruled Palestinian Authority (PA), after Hamas took the area over, sparking a conflict known as the Palestinian Civil War.

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