In Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 photo, a Palestinian boy plays in a U.N. school in Gaza City where he and his family live after their house was destroyed by Israeli strikes during the latest war. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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Abu Jihad is a 27-year-old member of Fatah, the Palestinian nationalist movement headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, whose power base is in the West Bank.But he lives in the Gaza Strip, which is under the de facto control of Hamas, Fatah's Islamist rival. Back in Gaza, which Hamas began running in 2007 after ousting its Fatah rivals, he and others would never have dared to speak out.Another Fatah member, a student who gave the name Ibrahim, says there is no support for those living in Gaza, not even from the Fatah leadership in the West Bank.Such is the fear that many Fatah members have even sought to protect themselves by signing up to become members of Islamic Jihad, Hamas's smaller, armed rival.For Abu Jihad, the physical attack on him and others by Hamas gunmen was a move to literally cripple any future resistance from Fatah.Fatah has set up a committee to examine its relations with Hamas.
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