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Hamas seeks primacy in Gaza

Israel’s stated intention of withdrawing from the Gaza Strip is posing new questions – and apparent opportunities – for Hamas, the militant Islamist group. Hamas’s leaders say they are seeking to translate the movement’s wide street popularity into a role in decision making previously monopolized by Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement, which is now racked by internal crisis. A growing sense of chaos within the Palestinian Authority and Fatah was accentuated Tuesday when masked gunmen shot dead Khalid al-Ziban, a veteran journalist and human rights adviser of Mr. Arafat in Gaza City. The incident came days after the PA mayor of Nablus, Ghassan Shaka, announced his intention to resign, citing lawlessness there, and after Israeli forces raided banks in the commercial capital of Ramallah last week. Full Story

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