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Palestinian President Takes Control of Gaza Border

Special forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas assumed control of the Gaza Strip’s border with Egypt on Tuesday in a move certain to heighten tensions with Islamic militant group Hamas. Abbas had been under international and Israeli pressure to take control of the Palestinian-run border away from the Hamas-led interior ministry after the group’s crushing electoral win against the long-dominant Fatah party in January. The move, welcomed by European monitors stationed at the frontier, could help quell concerns that Hamas might exploit its role in controlling forces at the border to smuggle in weapons. Full Story

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