Likely end to blockade after Egypt-Gaza deal

AN EXILED Palestinian politician has quietly negotiated a power-sharing deal with former rival Hamas, which may end the blockade of the Gaza Strip. Former Gaza security chief Mohammed Dahlan released details about the plans for the first time that Gaza’s border crossing with Egypt was expected to reopen by late August.
Mr Dahlan said some $100 million (£77 million) had been secured to build a new power plant for Gaza. It would end years of power shortages imposed by Israel which have left the territory’s two million people with only a few hours of electricity a day.
The deal was struck between Mr Dahlan and newly elected Hamas leader Yehiyeh Sinwar: “We both realised it’s time to find a way out” for Gaza, he said.
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