In this Wednesday June 10, 2015 file photo, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, speaks during a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia.(AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
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The Palestinian unity government resigned on Wednesday in a deepening rift with Gaza as the blockaded territory's de facto rulers Hamas held separate, indirect talks with Israel.Discussions to form a new government would include consultations with the various Palestinian factions, including Hamas, aide Nimr Hammad said.Hamas rejected any unilateral dissolution of the unity government and said it had not been consulted.The move comes at a critical time, with Hamas sources saying it is holding separate, indirect talks with Israel on ways to firm up an informal cease-fire agreement that took hold last August, ending a 50-day war in Gaza.They focused on key issues for Hamas such as ending Israel's blockade, now entering its ninth year, and the establishment of a sea passage between Gaza and the outside world, the source said.He did not say whether other Palestinian factions were involved in the talks, such as Abbas's Fatah movement, which was heavily involved in Egyptian-brokered talks that ended Gaza's 2014 conflict.
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