A Palestinian gestures in front of Israeli police during clashes that broke after the funeral of Mohammed Sinokrot outside Jerusalem's Old City September 8, 2014.REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Hamas Monday accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of trying to sabotage a fragile reconciliation agreement after he accused the Islamist group of running "a shadow government" in Gaza.In a sharply worded attack on Hamas Saturday, Abbas threatened to break off the unity agreement over the group's de facto control of the Gaza Strip. Hamas took over the running of the Gaza Strip in 2007 after winning elections in the enclave and then ousting forces loyal to Abbas and sparking a bitter and bloody split with his Fatah movement, which continued until the two sides signed a reconciliation deal in April this year.A recent opinion poll found that if a presidential election were held now, Hamas' former premier Ismail Haniyeh would easily win, taking 61 percent of the votes compared with 32 percent for Abbas.
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