Hamas Transfers Control of Gaza Border to Palestinian Authority

An employee of the Palestinian Authority stands guard on the Palestinian side of the Erez checkpoint between Israel and Gaza, at Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. The Islamic militant Hamas group has handed over control of Gaza’s border crossings with Israel and Egypt to the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority. Wednesday’s handover was the first tangible step in implementing a reconciliation deal between Hamas and the rival Fatah party, which controls the Palestinian Authority. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

November 1, 2017
OAN Newsroom

The Radical Islamic group Hamas is handing over control of the Gaza Strip’s border crossings to the Palestinian authority.

This comes after Egypt mediated an accord between the two parties, ending a decade-long standoff.

The Palestinian authority seeks to establish a sovereign state in Gaza and the West Bank.

Palestinian forces took control of two crossings along the Israeli border Wednesday.

Israel is tightening its security along the Gaza Strip border, citing concerns of Islamic terrorism.