Last Updated: Thursday, 8 February 2007, 19:06 GMT
Palestinian factions 'agree deal'
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Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have agreed to form a national unity government after talks in the Saudi city of Mecca, officials say.
Senior figures from both sides said a deal had been struck and would be signed in the coming hours.
There had been divisions over who would take the key post of interior minister.
The factions travelled to Saudi Arabia after weeks of violence between rival supporters, which left more than 20 people dead in recent clashes in Gaza.
Hamas ousted Fatah from power in elections in January 2006.
The Palestinian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Jamal al-Shubaki, said the accord would be signed on Thursday night in Mecca.
"We have agreed to form a national unity government. The agreement will be signed very soon," he said.
Agreement was reached earlier on Thursday on candidates for most posts in a national unity government.
The key position of interior minister, with control over most of the Palestinian security forces, is expected to go to a compromise candidate.