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April 7, 2006
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Mahmoud Abbas sought to assert his control over Palestinian border crossings. “Administration of the crossing points and borders will fall directly under the jurisdiction of the president,” a statement from the Palestinian Authority president’s office said Wednesday, Reuters reported. Abbas, a relative moderate from the Fatah Party, is in a power struggle with the Hamas-led P.A. government over control of the security services. Within a day, P.A. Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh rejected Abbas’ claim and said Hamas would control the security forces.

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