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Egypt delays PA-Hamas talks

TV7 has learned that Egypt postponed meetings between the Palestinian factions that had been slated to be held in Cairo tomorrow, after it was learned from Fatah and Islamist Hamas representatives in the past day that gaps between the two bitter rivals are still wide.

The talks had been intended to focus on intra-Palestinian reconciliation, and the rebuilding of the Gaza Strip in the wake of Operation Guardian of the Walls conflict with Israel in May.

A delegation headed by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh including members from Gaza and abroad traveled to Egypt on Tuesday. Representatives of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror group in Gaza, and the West Bank headquartered Fatah faction led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas were also reported to have come to the Egyptian capital.

The internationally-recognized Hamas terror group seized Gaza from Fatah control in a bloody internecine Palestinian conflict in 2007. Multiple attempts to unite the two sides since that time have repeatedly ended in failure.