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Hamas-Fatah division deepens with Soleimani’s assassination

Palestinians express conflicting opinions over the US assassination of Iran's Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Iraq, while faction leaders praise him as a martyr.
Hamas policemen in Gaza City stand guard during a mourning ceremony organised in honour of slain Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani (portrait) killed in the Iraqi capital Baghdad in a US air strike a day earlier, on January 4, 2020. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP) (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — The US assassination of top Iranian military commander Gen. Qasem Soleimani this month in Iraq has triggered conflicting positions among Palestinians.

In the Gaza Strip, most Palestinian factions condemned the Jan. 3 assassination. Some leaders of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad offered Iran condolences at the funeral in Tehran of Soleimani, who led the elite Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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