The Palestinian militant group Hamas backed a plan to reconcile with its rival Fatah on Thursday, after more than a decade at loggerheads that left the Palestinian territories split between competing leaderships.

No details of the deal were immediately made public and major obstacles remain – including the fate of Hamas’s powerful armed wing – that have blocked past unity bids.

But the latest moves had envoys from both sides making public gestures of co-operation. Televised coverage showed Hamas deputy leader Salah al-Aruri and Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad signing the tentative deal in Cairo. Egypt has been brokering talks.

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