Hamas on Wednesday cleared out of the private Gaza residence of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in the most concrete sign yet that the rivals are moving toward reconciliation.
Hamas took over the residence when it seized Gaza from the Western-backed Abbas in 2007, leaving him with only parts of the West Bank. On April 23 the two sides agreed to revive a previous reconciliation deal that was never implemented.
On Wednesday, Hamas security forces removed belongings from the Abbas villa in Gaza City. (AP)