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Hamas, Fatah reportedly set to form unity government within 10 days

Consultations set to start Sunday, Israel Radio says, with the deal to be announced jointly by Abbas and Mashaal

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel.

Fatah and Hamas are to begin renewed consultations Sunday on a unity government, and Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal will meet within 10 days with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to finalize and announce the partnership, Israel Radio reported on Saturday.

Hamas leader Osama Hamdan said Fatah and Hamas representatives will meet in Cairo to discuss the composition of the government and fix a date for Mashaal and Abu Mazen to meet.

In an interview with a Kuwaiti newspaper, Mashaal said that the events in Syria have affected relations between Iran and both Hamas and Hezbollah but did not specify how.

He confirmed that the Hamas leadership has left its former base in Damascus and is now dispersed between several countries.

Mashaal called on the US earlier on Saturday to stop hindering reconciliation between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.

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