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Hamas threatens West Bank takeover

Hamas says it will take over the West Bank if Israel evacuates.

In a statement that contradicts that of the Palestinian prime minister, Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar said Friday that Hamas would take over the West Bank as it did Gaza if Israel moves out, according to a report on Army Radio cited by the Jerusalem Post.

The comments contradict those of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, who said his group has no intention of repeating the Gaza takeover in the West Bank.