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ASSOCIATED PRESS Azzam al-Ahmed, the chief Fatah negotiator in the reconciliation talks (left), sits next to Hamas leaders Moussa Abu Marzoug (center) and Mahmoud Al Zahar (right) in Cairo. Palestinians have reached initial agreement on reuniting their governments in the West Bank and Gaza, a step that, officials say, would remove an obstacle in the way of peace efforts with Israel.

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** FILE ** Palestinian children, one masked and waving a green Islamic flag, sit near a photo of Gaza's Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, during a rally to mark the 23rd anniversary of the group's founding, in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Majed Hamdan)

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Palestinians gather around a destroyed car after an explosion in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. Hamas officials say one person has been killed and four others wounded in the explosion. Hamas media reported the car was hit in an air strike. Israeli military had no immediate comment.(AP Photo/ Majed Hamdan)

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Palestinians gather around a destroyed car after an explosion in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. Hamas officials say one person has been killed and four others wounded in the car explosion. Hamas media reported the car was hit in an air strike. Israeli military had no immediate comment.(AP Photo/ Hatem Moussa)

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Palestinian supporters of the Islamic group Hamas raise their right index fingers in the air as a sign of loyalty during a rally to protest the killing of two Hamas militants in Hebron, in the Jebaliya refugess camp, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

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A Palestinian relative of Hamas member Iyad Abu Shilbaya reacts in the family house after Shilbaya was killed by Israeli troops in his bedroom, in the Nur Shams refugee camp near the West Bank city of Tulkarem, Friday Sept. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

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**FILE** Hamas authorities clash with a Fatah supporter in Gaza City. Palestinian rights groups have found a surprising symmetry in abuse between the U.S.-backed government in the West Bank and the Iranian-supported Hamas in Gaza. (Associated Press)

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Illustration: Hamas by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

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** FILE ** Abu Obeida, center, spokesman for the Qassam Brigades, the Hamas' military wing, holds a press conference in Gaza City, Friday, March 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)