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As border protests persist, Abbas steps up pressure on Gaza

Despite the ongoing protests on Gaza's borders, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas does not seem to be backing out on his demand for a full handover of the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority.
A demonstrator holds a Palestinian flag during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest where Palestinians demand the right to return to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip, April 13, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC151862B9A0

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is moving to increase pressure on the Islamic Hamas movement, demanding the de facto power in Gaza hand over everything, including security personnel, offices and weapons, to the Ramallah-based legitimate government.

Azzam Ahmad, a member of Fatah's Central Committee and Abbas’ point man in the talks with Hamas, told Al-Monitor by phone that Hamas must make a clear choice: “Either they hand us everything at once, or they take responsibility for everything.”

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