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Hamas rounds up Fatah activists

Hamas paramilitary police rounded up scores of Fatah activists in the Gaza Strip.

Tuesday’s detentions followed violence at a Fatah rally in Gaza the day before in which six Palestinians were killed, the worst single incident of interfactional bloodshed since the sides fought a brief civil war in June.

Hamas, which controls Gaza, put the number of those detained at approximately 50 and said they were suspected of sedition. Fatah said about 400 people were rounded up and accused Hamas of trying to cement its rule by fear.

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