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Abbas dissolves Palestinian government: state of emergency declared

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Abbas dissolves Palestinian government: state of emergency declared

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Palestinian President and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas has dissolved the unity government and declared a state of emergency in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

But Fatah’s rival, Hamas, immediately rejected the Presidential decree as it continued to seize Fatah strongholds in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas now controls strategic government buildings once dominated by Fatah and has given its former coalition allies less than 24 hours to surrender all weapons.