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Hamas Leaders: No Exit from Gaza for Fatah Conference


Senior Hamas officials said Monday evening that they will not let Fatah activists leave Gaza in order to attend the Fatah convention in Bethlehem next week if Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas does not release hundreds of Hamas prisoners being held by the PA in Judea and Samaria, according to Army Radio. Abu-Mazen is willing to free 200 of the 900 being held there, according to an associate who says Abbas has asked Russia and Syria to soften Hamas' position.

The convention will include the election of leaders. It is the first Fatah convention in 20 years.