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February 23, 2011 6:44 pm

Analyses: Middle East Revolts Strengthen Hamas Control of Gaza

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Gilad Shalit on Hamas poster. Photo: Tom Spender

Reuters – Hamas is having a good revolution.

The unrest that has transformed the Arab world outside the tiny coastal enclave has boosted the standing of the Islamist group within Gaza and strengthened its position against the rival Palestinian Authority, which holds sway in the West Bank.

Hamas greeted the downfall of Egyptian former President Hosni Mubarak with euphoria, sensing that his departure would weaken Israel’s stranglehold on the impoverished territory that has crippled its economy and confined its inhabitants.

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