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Rival armed factions seizing pieces of Gaza

The remains of an Israeli military hilltop outpost overlooking Gaza’s second-largest city have been cordoned off by razor wire and fortified with sandbags. The custodians of land that was part of the Israeli Gush Katif settlement block until disengagement last year are not Palestinian police but armed squatters from the Abu Reesh Brigades, a militia affiliated with President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah Party. And the militia’s frayed blue and magenta banner fluttering quietly in the breeze is their deed of ownership. Full Story

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