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Hamas pledges to boost forces in Gaza

Hamas defied President Mahmoud Abbas’ decree Saturday that its paramilitary unit is illegal, saying it will fight any attempt to disband the force in an increasingly bloody faceoff between the Islamic militant group and Abbas’ Fatah party. Three more Hamas supporters were killed in the factional fighting that is threatening to plunge the Palestinian territories into civil war. The two groups have been wrangling over power since Hamas defeated Fatah in parliamentary elections a year ago and gained control over most Palestinian government functions. However, Fatah continued to dominate security forces and last spring, Hamas formed its own security unit known as the Executive Force, recruiting many former members of its military wing. Full Story

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