Hamas Eyes Takeover If Israelis Leave Gaza

(New York Daily News) Mahmoud Habboush and Corky Siemaszko - Hamas, the militant group specializing in suicide bombings, is poised to take over the Gaza Strip the minute Israel withdraws its troops, Palestinian sources say. Hamas leader Sheik Yassin announced recently that he already has a plan to administer Gaza. Maj. Gen. Saeb Al-Ajez, the PA's security commander in the northern Gaza Strip, admitted he can no longer count on the loyalty of all his men. Just last year, Al-Ajez said he discovered 100 of his security officers were also in cahoots with Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

2004-03-22 00:00:00

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