GAZA (Reuters) – The West Bank-based Palestinian prime minister crossed into the Gaza Strip on Monday in a move toward reconciliation between the mainstream Fatah party and Hamas, a decade after the Islamist group seized the territory in a civil war.

Rami al-Hamdallah said at a welcome ceremony his unity government would begin assuming control of Gaza’s administrative affairs, as well as “security responsibilities and responsibility for crossings and borders”.

Hamas, considered a terrorist group by Israel and the West, made its dramatic step toward unity last month, disbanding its Gaza shadow government, after Egypt, Saudi Arabia

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