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  5/4/2014, Iyar 4, 5774

Hamas Insists on Retaining Military Control in Unity Government

Hamas representatives clarified Saturday night that they would not dismantle their "military wing," the Al-Qassam Brigades, as part of their unity pact with Fatah. Nor would the Brigades be merged with the Palestinian Authority (PA) police forces, according to the official.

"Talk over such a move is nonsense," a representative stated to Al-Monitor Saturday. "The Al-Qassam Brigades existed before the [Palestinian] Authority, and they retain the right to independent decision regarding the struggle against Israel."