PA Adds 20,000 Hamas Workers To Payroll In Bid To Revive Stagnant Reconciliation

Palestinian Fatah members carry their weapons as they take part in a parade to mark the 65th anniversary of Nakba, at Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp near the port-city of Sidon, southern Lebanon May 15, 2013. Palestinians marked "Nakba" (Catastrophe) to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of hundreds of thousands of their brethren from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY) - RTXZN6R

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah announced on Saturday that the Ramallah-based government would add 20,000 Hamas employees in Gaza to its 2018 budget in an attempt to advance a stagnating reconciliation agreement between the two rival factions.

An October 2017 agreement between the two leading Palestinian factions has been dying a slow death, with every new deadline for Islamist Hamas to hand over power in the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority (PA) missed with no progress in sight.

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