Hamas’ exiled political leader has recognized rival Mahmoud Abbas as the “legitimate” president of the Palestinian people, but the militant group, which now controls Gaza, has also called Abbas’ dissolution of the government illegal. Tensions remain high in the divided Palestinian territories, despite a pledge from Hamas to work with Abbas “for the sake of national interest.”


The exiled political leader of Hamas has said his movement will work with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, after it took control of Gaza by force.

Syria-based Khaled Meshaal said Mr Abbas remained the “legitimate” president, a day after Hamas fighters routed Mr Abbas’ Fatah faction.

But Hamas has declared illegal Mr Abbas’ replacement of its Prime Minister Ismail Haniya.

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