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Palestinian rivals agree to ease tension

Rival Palestinian factions agreed early on Saturday to work together to ease tension that had soared after the governing Hamas group accused some loyalists of President Mahmoud Abbas of plotting a “coup attempt.” The Islamist group made the accusation in a statement on Friday, saying the Abbas loyalists planned to storm some public buildings on Saturday. It did not accuse Abbas himself. While Hamas provided no evidence of a plot and officials from Abbas’s Fatah dismissed it as lies, the accusation underlined their increasingly bitter and violent power struggle. The rivals agreed at a meeting in Gaza to keep all their gunmen off the streets on Saturday and allow only the police to patrol. Full Story

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