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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian election officials from the West Bank have arrived in the Gaza Strip to prepare the way for long-overdue elections, a key step toward repairing a five-year rift between the two territories.

Delegation official Jamil al-Khaldi says his team entered the territory Monday to update voter records. He says they will need at least six weeks in Gaza to carry out the mission. The hope is to hold new elections within six months.

Gaza and the West Bank have been divided between two governments since Hamas militants seized Gaza five years ago from President Mahmoud Abbas’ forces. Abbas now governs in the West Bank.

The rivals agreed this month to form a technocrat unity government until elections are held. Similar agreements have failed in the past.