Fighters from Gaza-based armed Palestinian factions taking part in a military exercise, simulate the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier, at a site in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on Dec 29, 2021. (SAID KHATIB / AFP)
ALGIERS – A total of 14 Palestinian factions on Thursday signed in Algeria's capital Algiers a reconciliation deal that aims to end their 15-year-long division, state-run ENTV reported.
Hamas seized control of Gaza months after the 2006 elections, while Fatah has been administering the West Bank
The deal, formally known as Algiers Declaration, was signed by representatives of 14 Palestinian factions, including the Fatah party and Hamas, during a ceremony in the presence of Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
Over the past months, the Algerian authorities had held informal talks with Palestinian factions, trying to persuade them to meet in Algiers to discuss a proposal for reconciliation that will pave the way for elections to establish a national unity government.
READ MORE: Palestinian factions agree to form unity govt after elections
The Fatah party led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and its main rival Hamas, now the ruling faction of the Gaza Strip, have been divided since the last elections in 2006 that were won by Hamas.
Hamas seized control of Gaza months after the 2006 elections, while Fatah has been administering the West Bank.