Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has asked Israel to allow a brigade of Palestinian troops to enter Gaza from Jordan.

Palestinian officials say Mr. Abbas wants to use the troops to strengthen his position in a power struggle with the ruling Hamas militant group.

Mr. Abbas hopes to bring in thousands of Jordan-based fighters of the Palestine Liberation Organization, known as the Badr Brigade.

Israeli officials say they are considering allowing the brigade into Gaza to bolster Mr. Abbas.

The Palestinian president's security forces have fought repeatedly with Hamas militants in recent weeks amid growing political tensions.

Palestinian officials say Mr. Abbas has threatened to dissolve the Hamas government if it does not agree to form a unity coalition with his Fatah party.

In the past, Israel has objected to letting PLO fighters enter Palestinian areas.

Some infomation for this report provided by AP.