Fatah and Hamas said to reach deal to end schism

JERUSALEM — Fatah and Hamas, the rival Palestinian movements, reached understandings on Wednesday to end the years-long internal Palestinian schism, according to Egyptian and Palestinian officials.

The announcement was initially made by both the official Palestinian news agency, Wafa, and the state-run Egyptian news agency, MENA.

Citing an Egyptian official, Wafa reported that delegations led by Azzam al-Ahmed of Fatah and Moussa Abu Marzouk of Hamas had agreed in Cairo on issues including the formation of a temporary unity government and the holding of Palestinian elections.

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