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Palestinian Authority Shake-Up

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh and his government resigned yesterday amid calls for reform from the US and Middle East nations. The overhaul is part of the conditions the US and countries, including Saudi Arabia, are seeking before the Palestinian Authority, which administers the West Bank, can play a potential role in governing Gaza after the Israel-Hamas war. Israel has said it won't accept a Palestinian Authority rule over Gaza. 

The Palestinian Authority (see overview) was originally created as an interim body under a 1993 peace agreement between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization. It was granted limited rule over parts of the West Bank and Gaza and considered a path for a potential two-state solution. However, since 2005, the governing body has been under Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, 88, and his Fatah party. Nearly 90% of Palestinians have said they want Abbas to resign, viewing his regime as authoritarian and corrupt. 

Separately, Israel launched airstrikes targeting Iran-backed Hezbollah militants in Lebanon, killing at least two fighters and one commander. See more updates on the war here.

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