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Hamas officials said Sunday they would grant rival politician Mohammed Dahlan permission to enter the Gaza Strip to mourn his mother, after more than two years in exile.

The death of Dahlan's 80-year-old mother, Sariyyeh Dahlan has sparked a new squabble between rivals Fatah and Hamas.

Hamas ousted forces loyal to Fatah, the movement for which Dahlan is a promonant figure, in a violent takeover of Gaza in 2007.

Animosity runs particularly deep between Dahlan and the Islamic militants.

Fatah officials said earlier Sunday that they would not seek permission from what they consider an "illegal government", adding that Hamas could not be trusted not to harm Dahlan.

In the end, Dahlan missed the funeral and instead received condolences in the West Bank.