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Hamas quashes armed Shiite movement Sabireen in Gaza

Hamas makes the lion's share of civilian and military decisions in the Gaza Strip, while small movements such as Harakat al-Sabireen are forced to bow to Hamas' power, which is also supported by the Sunni community.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Hamas government’s internal security in the Gaza Strip has released Hisham Salem, secretary general of the armed Harakat al-Sabireen (Movement of Those Who Endure with Patience) in Gaza, after a 17-day detention.

Salem, arrested on Feb. 26, was released on March 10 after members of his movement agreed to hand over their weapons, a Sabireen leader currently residing in Iran told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity. The source added that Hamas opposes Sabireen responding with counter missile strikes to the sporadic Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. Hamas is hoping to stabilize the truce between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

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