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Under Palestinian reconciliation deal, Hamas lifts ban on veteran West Bank paper in Gaza

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FILE - In this file photo provided on Nov. 24, 2011, by the office of Khaled Mashaal, Palestinian Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are seen together during their meeting in Cairo, Egypt. A spokesman said Monday, May 5, 2014, that Mashaal and Abbas have held a rare meeting in Doha, Qatar, and agreed to move forward with a reconciliation deal between their rival movements. Abbas was in Doha for a grandson's college graduation. (AP Photo/Office of Khaled Meshaal, File) (The Associated Press)

Gaza's Hamas rulers are allowing a veteran West Bank newspaper to be distributed again — after a six-year ban — as part of a new reconciliation deal with their rival West Bank government.

Hamas' government spokesman Ihab Ghussein says permission was given for the delivery of Al-Quds to Gaza on Wednesday.

The ban on the West Bank's most widely circulated daily began in 2008, after the paper printed a claim that Hamas was behind a deadly Gaza explosion. Other West Bank papers are also banned.

The Fatah-dominated West Bank government has banned Gaza newspapers since Hamas wrested control of Gaza in 2007.

The two Palestinian factions reached a reconciliation pact last month. They plan to form a unity government in the coming weeks and hold national elections around year's end.