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Hamas Rallies Pose New Challenge to Abbas

Thousands of masked Hamas gunmen marched in formation through abandoned Jewish settlements Friday, firing in the air and trampling an Israeli flag in the Islamic militant group’s largest military-style victory parade since the Gaza withdrawal. The show of force — and the Palestinian Authority’s persistent failure to stop people from crossing Gaza’s border into Egypt — underscored Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ trouble asserting control. Abbas pledged Friday to seal the chaotic frontier in “two or three days,” but previous deadlines passed without change.Full Story

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