Hamas Leader Says Reconciliation Deal Reached with Fatah
The Palestinian Hamas faction says it has reached a deal with its rival Fatah over its political reconciliation.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh issued a statement Thursday saying the two sides had struck an agreement after two days of talks in Cairo, under what he called Egypt's "generous" sponsorship. Haniyeh said details of the agreement would be announced later in the day in the Egyptian capital.
A Fatah spokesman confirmed the announcement in an interview with the French News Agency ((Agence France Presse)).
The agreement follows last month's decision by the militant Hamas faction to allow Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement to reassume control of Gaza. Hamas has governed the strip and its two million residents since 2007, when it fought a short civil war with Fatah. The two sides agreed to form a unity government in 2014, but Hamas has continued to oversee Gaza with its administrative body.
Israel has blockaded Gaza for a decade, and its border with Egypt has also remained largely closed in recent years, leaving Gaza's economy in shambles.
Floods, Landslides Leave 37 People Dead in Vietnam
At least 37 people are dead and another 40 missing after floods and landslides devastated parts of northern and central Vietnam.
Vietnam's Disaster Management Authority says at least 21 people have been injured in the disaster, all of them in the hardest-hit northern province of Hoa Binh, where 11 people were killed.
The disaster was triggered by a tropical depression that reached Vietnam earlier this week, producing as much as 40 centimeters of rain. At least 16,000 homes have been submerged, and thousands of hectares of crop land have been damaged.
Vietnam is prone to floods and storms that kill scores of people each year.