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Hamas go after Fatah supporters amid revenge calls

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Hamas go after Fatah supporters amid revenge calls


More than 160 Fatah supporters have been arrested in Hamas retaliation raids in Gaza, amid calls for revenge from Hamas supporters. It is the biggest crackdown on the faction loyal to the Palestinian president since Hamas seized control of Gaza a year ago.

It was sparked by Friday’s bombing which killed six people including a five-year-old girl. The five other bomb victims were members of Hamas’ armed wing.

As the dead were taken to be buried Hamas was rounding up at least two senior Fatah officials.

The fatal bombing was one of three explosions on Friday. Hamas has vowed to hang the perpetrators in public.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said it proved Fatah was not interested in reconciliation. The Fatah leadership has denied being involved in the violence.

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