The two movements agreed Thursday to "enable the national unity government to carry out its work and assume its full responsibility in running the Gaza Strip
, as is the case in the West Bank
, by December 1, 2017," said a statement released by the State Information Service of Egypt. Earlier in the day, the Gaza-based Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, and the West Bank
-based Palestinian Fatah party, led by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, signed a reconciliation accord. The landmark deal, described by Abbas as the "final agreement to end the division, "was signed by Hamas' new deputy leader, Salah al-Aruri, and Azzam al-Ahmad, the head of the Fatah delegation for the talks, after three days of unity negotiations, which were kicked off on Tuesday.