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Mashaal: Hamas, Fatah reconciliation on the way

DAMASCUS, Syria — Only minor issues remain for a full reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, Hamas leader in Damascus Khaled Mashaal said Monday.
Mashaal did not give details but said the two sides have taken "serious and real steps" toward reconciliation and would meet in Cairo early October for more talks.
Repeated efforts to reconcile the two sides have failed. Breakthroughs have been heralded before, only to fizzle. Reconciliation would likely require major concessions, including the integration of rival security forces and new elections — issues the group has shown little interest in compromising on so far.
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