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Rivalry Erupts into Bloody Violence in Gaza

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Last week, the rivalry between Palestinian factions turned to open warfare as Hamas forces drove Fatah entirely out of Gaza. After six bloody days, Hamas dominates Gaza — while Fatah holds the West Bank. Guests talk about the violence in Gaza, and the challenges for Palestinians, Israelis and the U.S.

Steven Erlanger, Jerusalem bureau chief, The New York Times

Ghaith al-Omari, former advisor to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas; currently a fellow at the New America Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Robert Malley, director, the International Crisis Group's Middle East program; special assistant for Arab-Israeli affairs under Clinton

Hamas Leader Meets the Press

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Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh meets with Western journalists in Gaza City, his first meeting with foreign reporters since Hamas forcibly took control of the coastal strip more than two weeks ago.

Following the Hamas takeover, Fatah leader and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas fired Haniyeh, dissolved the power-sharing "unity government" and installed an emergency government in the West Bank.

But Haniyeh and his supporters insist he's still the legitimate prime minister.



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