Palestinian unity frays, hurting Gaza's rebuilding and statehood aims

January 14, 2015 12:58 PM

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Palestinian unity frays, hurting Gaza's rebuilding and statehood aims

GAZA (Reuters) - Escalating tension between Islamist group Hamas and its Western-backed rival Fatah has pushed their "unity" government to the brink of collapse, harming efforts to rebuild the Gaza Strip and complicating Palestinian statehood ambitions.

Five months after a devastating war with Israel, Gaza's residents are still occasionally jolted by explosions. But the blasts now are more often the result of the internal conflict tearing at the fabric of Palestinian politics.

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