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Hamas-Fatah Rift Splits Palestinians' Priorities

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Hamas-Fatah Rift Splits Palestinians' Priorities

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Hamas-Fatah Rift Splits Palestinians' Priorities

Hamas-Fatah Rift Splits Palestinians' Priorities

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Recent fighting between Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas has left Gaza and the West Bank divided. Daoud Kuttab, a Palestinian journalist and director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Jerusalem, discusses how Hamas and Fatah became rivals, and why Hamas is strong in Gaza versus Fatah's strength in the West Bank.

Kuttab spoke with Steve Inskeep.

Hamas Leader Meets the Press

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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