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West Bank ministers visit Gaza to unite ministries

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 Palestinian officials have traveled from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip for the first working meeting of their struggling unity government, months after it was formed, in hopes of reviving efforts to end years of bitter political division.

   The Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas agreed last spring to form a government of apolitical technocrats. But the government is still not properly functioning due to deep differences.

   Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007, leaving the Palestinians divided between two governments. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian Authority governs in the West Bank.

   Monday's meeting was the second time officials from the West Bank have traveled to Gaza since the government was formed.

   Spokesman Ihab Bsaiso says ministers will discuss a range of issues, including electricity shortages and postwar construction.

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