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February 8, 2012 4:10 pm

Palestinian Unity Deal Threatend by Hamas Infighting

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Ismail Haniyeh, senior Hamas political figure. Photo: wiki commons.

Haaretz/Reuters – Hamas’s Gaza-based leadership challenged on Wednesday a Palestinian reconciliation deal signed by the Islamist group’s political chief in exile and President Mahmoud Abbas of the rival Fatah movement.

Bringing divisions within Hamas to the surface, the group’s “Change and Reform” Gaza parliamentary bloc came out against a key clause in the pact under which Abbas would serve both as president and prime minister of a future Palestinian government.

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