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Fatah leadership rejects Dahlan's comeback bid

Fatah infighting between rival camps of President Mahmoud Abbas and Mohammed Dahlan is continuing to escalate as Dahlan seeks to revive his political career.
Fatah faction leader Mohammed Dahlan addresses the media during a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah January 15, 2006. Israel's cabinet on Sunday approved voting in Arab East Jerusalem in a January 25 Palestinian parliamentary election but said it would ban the militant Hamas group from listing its candidates on ballots there. REUTERS/Loay Abu Haykel - RTR1BTKM

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The conflicts raging inside Fatah have escalated as a result of the tug-of-war between two opposing factions led by the chairman, President Mahmoud Abbas, and dismissed former leader Mohammed Dahlan for control of the Gaza arena, which is largely dominated by Hamas. Delegations from both factions have separately visited the Strip to iron out possible solutions to the internal strife.

Local media outlets have published a barrage of press statements and articles from both factions inside Fatah regarding the ongoing disagreements. These exchanges culminated in threats and accusations of treason and of being subservient to outside agendas or cooperating with Hamas.

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