Middle East

Public rift as Hamas strongman in Gaza rejects unity deal

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2012 file photo, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, center, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, right, arrive to sign an agreement in Doha, Qatar. A rare public rift broke open Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in the usually tightly disciplined Islamic movement Hamas over a reconciliation deal that would require it to relinquish key areas of control in the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal, File)

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 13, 2012, on page 9.

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