>> Hamas moving out, Palestinian authority employees moving in. The Islamist group ceding control of the Gaza Strip's border crossings with Israel and Egypt, and handing them to Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, on Wednesday. It's part of an agreement brokered by Cairo to end a decade of schism between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, designated a terrorist group by Western countries.
Israel and the United States have their reservations. They want Hamas to also hand over its rockets and other arms. A demand it rejects. Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since the Islamist's seized Gaza from forces loyal to Abbas in 2007. An Israeli military authority that supervises the Arat's and
] crossings will hold a meeting with a Palestinian Authority official to address Israeli security conditions.
Among those that they'll be no Hamas members anywhere near the crossings. Egypt has kept it's Rafah crossing largely closed. In the past it has accused Hamas of aiding Islamist insurgents in its Sinai peninsula, which the group denies. Palestinians hoping that deploying security personnel from the authority on Gaza's borders, will prompt Israel and Egypt to ease their restrictions at the crossings.
Something the Gaza Strip badly needs to revive its economy and relieve the dire hardship of many of its residents.