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Palestinian Forces Shut Down Hamas-Linked Charities, Shops


Security sources say Palestinian forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas have shut down four charities and two printing shops in the West Bank for their alleged ties to rival political faction Hamas.

The stores and charities, located in an around the southern town of Hebron, were closed Friday.

Sources say the printing shops were publishing material that could incite violence against the government.

Mr. Abbas has recently intensified a crackdown on Hamas in the West Bank.

Last year, Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip after routing Fatah forces loyal to the Palestinian president.

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