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Hamas accused Palestinian rivals of trying to assassinate its leader in the Gaza Strip.

A man linked to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction was arrested while trying to smuggle a bomb into a Gaza stadium where Ismail Haniyeh was scheduled to speak, Hamas announced over the weekend.

Haniyeh was prime minister in the former Cabinet dissolved by Abbas after the June civil war between Hamas and Fatah.

Hamas said it was holding several other Fatah-linked suspects in the alleged assassination plot. Fatah accused Hamas of concocting false charges against its members.

Abbas has said in the past that Hamas members were trying to kill him.

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