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article imagePalestinian president condemns Hamas rocket attacks on Israel

By Paul Iddon     Jun 11, 2014 in Politics
The President of the Palestinian Authority, Fatah's Mahmoud Abbas, has condemned Hamas for firing rockets at Israel from the Palestinian Gaza Strip territory.
The Jerusalem Post reports that Abbas called upon all armed Palestinian factions to abide by the terms of the ceasefire agreement Hamas and Israel agreed to in December 2012.
He said no Palestinians should "give Israel any pretext to continue its attacks on Gaza."
The Palestinian Authority has agreed to integrate the Hamas Islamist organization into a new unity government with the Fatah.
AP reported two days ago that Abbas loyalists beat some participants of a pro-Hamas protest in the West Bank. These protests seemed to have been a direct result from the unsatisfactory reality on the ground in Palestine. In spite of Fatah and Hamas now being unified under a so-called national Palestinian government many Palestinians are disgruntled.
In Gaza at present over 40,000 Hamas loyalists are unsure if they can hold onto their new jobs with this new order that will see the unity government govern them instead of Hamas.
Furthermore the Hamas protesters in the West Bank shouted their support for retaining their struggle against the Israelis and showing their solidarity with Palestinians in Israeli jails.
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