Chaos in Gaza
Factional clashes between Hamas and Fatah forces in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank escalated to the boiling point on Thursday, when Hamas gunmen captured various Fatah outposts and the ongoing violence caused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to dissolve his government and declare a state of emergency throughout the region.
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An Abbas aide said a further decree would establish an emergency government to replace the Hamas-Fatah unity cabinet formed in March. The current prime minister, Hamas’ Ismail Haniya, is based in Gaza.
Hamas fighters captured one of the last Fatah strongholds in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, herding prisoners from the headquarters of the Preventive Security Force and raising their flag at the fortified compound.
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