Hamas controls Gaza after week of bloodshed

The long-standing fissures within Palestinian politics finally ruptured this week, as a de facto civil war broke out in the Gaza Strip, leaving over 100 dead.

16th June, 2007

The long-standing fissures within Palestinian politics finally ruptured this week, as a de facto civil war broke out in the Gaza Strip, leaving over 100 dead.

Hamas militants overwhelmed Fatah fighters loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and seized control of Gaza - an impoverished coastal corridor between Israel and Egypt which is home to 1.4 million people.

Though Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri described the victory as ‘‘the second liberation of the Gaza Strip’’, referring...

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