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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Peace Accord Advances

EREZ CROSSING, Gaza Strip () -- Israel and the PLO signed an agreement Monday giving Palestinians control over education, health, welfare, tourism and taxation in the occupied West Bank.

The agreement is the latest in a step-by-step process of Israel's handover of authority to the Palestinians who already have autonomy in the Gaza Strip and West Bank region of Jericho.

The signing ceremony was overshadowed by two last-minute crises in the Israeli-Palestinian relationship. Israel demanded Monday that the Palestinians extradite two Gaza men suspected in the weekend slayings of two Israeli construction workers.

The killings were claimed by the Moslem militant group Hamas.