Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reads from a placard during his meeting with the German Foreign Minister at the Palestinian presidential complex in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Jan. 31.
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Senior Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri (left) sits next to Fatah's Azzam al-Ahmad as they sign a reconciliation deal in Cairo on Thursday. Under the agreement, Hamas would cede control of the Gaza Strip to the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority by Dec. 1.
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Nael Skaik, the pharmacy director at Gaza's main hospital, says this medicine storage room is usually so full of boxes of medicines that it's hard to find space to walk. Now medicines are running out as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has held up medicine shipments to Gaza to pressure Gaza's Hamas leaders to surrender power.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter kicks a ball during the inauguration of a football stadium in the village of Dura al-Qari near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday. Blatter said he is on a "mission of peace" to resolve tensions between the Israeli and Palestinian soccer federations.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of committing "genocide" against Palestinians, and he has also criticized Hamas for firing rockets on Israel.
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