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Palestinian Panel Urges Accountability For Hamas Takeover


A Palestinian committee is calling for some Fatah faction leaders and security personnel to be held responsible for the rival Hamas group's takeover of the Gaza Strip.

An aide to Palestinian President and top Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas told reporters Friday in Ramallah about the committee's 200-page report.

The aide, Nabil Amr, said the report noted various shortcomings such as a lack of leadership during the fighting with Hamas.

The report was not made public, and Amr did not say who was recommended for punishment.

Thursday, Palestinian security adviser Mohammed Dahlan resigned after being widely criticized for the loss of Gaza.

Hamas seized control of Gaza in mid-June after six days of clashes in which more than 100 people died. Afterwards, Mr. Abbas dissolved the Hamas-led unity government and created an emergency Cabinet based in the West Bank.

The Palestinian president restructured the Cabinet in mid-July after a month-long state of emergency.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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