>> The Palestinian prime minister has crossed into Gaza in a show of reconciliation between his mainstream Fatah Party and the Islamist group Hamas. The arrival of Rami al-Hamdallah is seen as a move towards patching up relations between the two sides. Hamas seized Gaza from Fatah in a civil war ten years ago.
It is considered a terrorist group by Israel and the West. But last week Hamas said it would hand over control of Gaza to a unity government headed by Hamdallah. Although the movement's armed wing remains a dominant power in the enclave of 2 million people, Hamas' decision could be a big step towards Palestinian unity and strengthen its hand in peace talks with Israel.
But Israeli ministers dismissed the move. They say nothing has changed as long as Hamas retains its arms.