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Palestinian Premier calls for restraint

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Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has been addressing his people in Gaza City as interfactional violence escalates in the Palestinian territories.

The unrest has intensified since President Mahmoud Abbas called for early elections on Saturday in a bid to break a political deadlock with the Hamas government. It rejected the prospect of an early vote as illegal and accused Abbas of trying to stage a coup.

In his speech, Haniyeh said all Palestinians were in the same boat, fighting for the same cause – the freedom, sovereignty and dignity of the Palestinian people.

He also echoed calls by President Abbas for rival factions to show restraint after a ceasefire deal broke down.