Palestinian Ministers Abruptly Leave Gaza

Palestinian ministers have unexpectedly cut short their rare visit to the Gaza Strip.
It was not clear what led the West Bank ministers to leave ahead of schedule on Monday. But rival Palestinian factions blamed each other for the abrupt departure.
The eight Cabinet ministers, all from the West Bank, arrived on Sunday. They were supposed to spend the week in Gaza in hopes of wresting more control from the Islamic Hamas movement.
Hamas took control of Gaza from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' forces in 2007. Abbas has since governed parts of the West Bank.



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