>> A move towards reconciliation in Palestine. Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Tuesday, sharing his first meeting of the region's Cabinet in Gaza, hoping to bring the mainstream Fatah party and Islamist group Hamas together. Hamas seized the coastal enclave in 2007 after fighting with Fatah forces loyal to president Mahmoud Abbas.
Now, they've said they're willing to take part in a unity government. Al-Hamdallah saying he will now begin assuming control of Gaza's administrative affairs as well as security responsibilities and responsibility for crossings and borders. On the previous understandings, some 3,000 Fatah security men would be gradually integrated into the Gaza police force.
That will still leave armed wing, which is said to have at least 25,000 well equipped fighters, the dominant power in the Palestinian enclave of two million people. Analyst say narrowing internal divisions could help western backed Abbas counter Israel's argument that it has no Palestinian partner with which to negotiate a peace deal.
Hamas considered a terrorist group by Israel and the West, last month disbanded its Gaza shadow government. That after Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates imposed an economic boycott on its main donor, Qatar.