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Egypt Presses Palestinians to Reconcile02/25 10:37

   GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A team of Egyptian officials is in the Gaza 
Strip to renew efforts to push for reconciliation between the rival Fatah and 
Gaza factions.

   Two Egyptian intelligence officials and a diplomat arrived in Gaza on 
Sunday, along with several government ministers from the Fatah-led Palestinian 
Cabinet in the West Bank.

   Hamas seized control of Gaza from Fatah forces in 2007.

   In November, the Islamic militant Hamas handed over control of Gaza's border 
crossings to the Palestinian Authority. It was the first tangible concession in 
years of Egyptian-brokered reconciliation talks. But negotiations have bogged 
down since then.

   A delegation of Hamas leaders has been in Egypt since Feb. 9 in what is 
believed to be a stepped up Egyptian pressure campaign on the group.


(KA)

 
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