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Palestinian gov't backs Hamas-Fatah peace dialogue in Cairo: PM

Palestinian gov't backs Hamas-Fatah peace dialogue in Cairo: PM

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to reporters.

Egypt on Saturday opened the Rafah Crossing on the border with the Gaza Strip for three days for humanitarian cases, in a move that could signal a new window of opportunity for the region. Hamas-appointed policemen had checked travellers' documents in a separate hall outside Rafah.

"The opening of the Rafah Crossing will facilitate the movement of passengers".

"At a time when Palestinians in Gaza - who have lived with closures for a decade, survived three conflicts, and have had to struggle to merely exist - are seeing hope for the future, such actions and statements risk a unsafe escalation that could destroy the prospects for intra-Palestinian reconciliation". About 30,000 Gazans have applied for entry to Egypt in the past few months, according to the Palestinian Interior Ministry.

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The Palestinian factions' dialogue kicked off in Egypt's capital Cairo on Tuesday, marking a new phase of an Egypt-brokered reconciliation deal between rival Islamic Hamas movement and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party, which was reached on October 12.

The talks are ostensibly aimed at establishing a national unity government and easing pressure on the Gaza Strip, which since 2007 has remained the target of a crippling Israeli/Egyptian blockade.

Also in his briefing, the envoy expressed concern over the implications of the latest developments related to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) representative office in the United States.