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    Exclamation Palestinian leader dissolves government; to become an Islamic state

    Source: Palestinian leader dissolves government amid infighting

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    NEW: Source: Palestinian president of Fatah dissolves unity government
    EU announces it is suspending $112 million in humanitarian aid
    Hamas fighters take control of Fatah Gaza security bases, most of Gaza
    Battles between Hamas and Fatah have killed 70 Palestinians in four days

    GAZA CITY (CNN) -- President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority government and declared a state of emergency Thursday after four days of fighting that has left Hamas in control of much of Gaza, an aide to the Palestinian leader said.

    The move comes after Hamas announced Thursday that Gaza is now under its Islamic rule, the first step to becoming an Islamic state.

    Under the state of emergency, Abbas will have the authority replace the current Hamas Cabinet with his Fatah allies. The temporary Cabinet would have to be approved by the Palestinian Legislative Council after 30 days.

    Currently, there is no government control in Gaza, according to Palestinian legislator Saeb Erakat.

    "Gaza is now officially out of our control as the Palestinian Authority," said Erakat, who is aligned with the Fatah party.

    He blamed a "renegade force" in Gaza for staging a "major coup d'etat."

    "This is a coup against the president, against the Palestinian people, and against the Palestinian cause," Erakat told CNN.

    He called the situation "very, very grave" and said the violence is "setting us back 50 years at least."

    Meanwhile, Hamas continued to put pressure on Fatah fighters in Gaza after seizing key security installations across the Palestinian territory.

    A Hamas representative Thursday told CNN that the group's goal is not to take control of the Palestinian territory but to control rogue Fatah forces in Gaza. (Watch: Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan speaks to CNN)

    The escalating violence has prompted the European Union to suspend humanitarian aid to the region and could result in a dissolution of the Hamas-led Palestinian unity government.

    Chaos amid Hamas takeover
    Hamas forces Thursday overtook the Preventive Security headquarters in Gaza City, hoisting the green Hamas flag atop the building that was once under the control of Fatah.

    Hamas fighters captured the second of four major Fatah command centers in Gaza City on Thursday afternoon, planting the Islamic group's green flag on the roof of the intelligence services building and growing nearer to a complete conquest of the Gaza Strip, an Associated Press report said.

    Earlier in the day, Hamas overran the Preventive Security building, and witnesses, a doctor and Fatah officials said several vanquished Fatah fighters were shot in the head gangland-style, the report added.

    Video shown on Hamas' al-Aqsa TV showed a group of shirtless men with their hands in the air being marched down a Gaza City street at gunpoint -- one man wearing only his underwear.

    Unconfirmed reports from Fatah officials that some of the men, who are aligned with Fatah were executed in the street outside the Preventive Security headquarters, were denied by a Hamas representative who spoke to CNN from Beirut.

    Gaza destruction
    Palestine TV said the Fatah-allied Voice of Palestine Radio station was on fire after Hamas attacks, according to an AP report.

    Palestinian medical and Hamas sources were also reported as saying that Israeli shells killed five Palestinian children in southern Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces denied its units were shelling in the area. Hamas sources said the incident happened in the Shoka neighborhood east of Rafah, where Hamas forces recently took control of Fatah-affiliated positions.

    A day after it established a military zone in northern Gaza, Hamas took control of the southern Gaza town of Rafah on Wednesday. Rafah lies near a key border crossing with Egypt, Palestinian security sources told CNN on Thursday.

    The Rafah crossing, which has been closed since Saturday, is jointly monitored by Israel via closed circuit TV, Palestinian Fatah forces, and European Union monitors. Following the border's closing, the EU monitors relocated to the Israeli city of Ashkelon, a spokeswoman told CNN.

    An earlier AP report said an explosion rocked Gaza City on Thursday afternoon, sending up plumes of white smoke from the direction of a security post. Fatah security officials said forces positioned at the post redeployed elsewhere, and blew it up as they left rather than let Hamas take it over. Hamas forces already control areas north and south of Gaza's largest city and are working to remove the remaining Fatah strongholds in the area.

    Unity government crumbling
    After Hamas won control of the Palestinian government during legislative elections last year, the former ruling Fatah party continued to control of security forces in Gaza. Sharing that control under the Hamas-Fatah unity government formed earlier this year has been a major stumbling block.

    The unity government was an attempt to end fighting in Gaza, as well as to restart international funding -- particularly from the United States and the EU -- that was cut off after Hamas took power last year.

    Osama Hamdan, Hamas' representative in Lebanon, told CNN that the current conflict is not "between Hamas and Fatah or even a problem with Abu Mazen (Abbas)."

    "The problem was with some officers in the (Fatah-controlled) security forces who were against the law, and they worked hard to undermine the security plan and the national unity government."

    Hamdan said the rogue elements targeted by Hamas have been free to create their own fiefdoms in Gaza under the previous Fatah leaders.

    "We want the security forces to be under the law, not to create their own laws, as what was happening in the past 10 years," he said.

    Hamdan said Hamas acted because no one in Fatah -- not even Abbas -- has control of the lawless forces.

    "Someone has to control the situation and bring them to the law," he said.

    Hamdan denied reports that his forces are executing members of Fatah in the streets of Gaza.

    "That happened to our members on the hands of some well-known officers," he said. "I believe they are trying to blame us by the things which they have done."

    Suspension of aid
    The European Commission, which is the executive branch of the EU, announced Thursday that it is suspending $112 million in aid for the Palestinian territories as a result of the escalating violence.

    In addition, the EC announced it has suspended all 16 of its relief projects in Gaza for the first time, due to the lack of security.

    Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, said he hoped the projects "can resume very soon."

    On Wednesday, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency also suspended many of its operations in Gaza after two of its Palestinian staff members were killed in the fighting.

    Hamas overran Fatah positions in northern Gaza on Tuesday and declared all villages and towns north of Gaza City -- including Beit Hanoun, Beit Lahiya and the Jabaliya refugee camp -- a closed military area

    Hamas militants are demanding residents in the area hand over their weapons to Hamas by 7 p.m. Friday (noon ET/1600 GMT).

    At least 70 Palestinians have been killed since the Palestinian-on-Palestinian violence escalated four days ago.

    Israel has expressed concern about the possibility that Gaza could be solely controlled by Hamas.

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday if Hamas gains control of Gaza it would have "regional implications" and he called for an international force to patrol the Gaza-Egypt border to prevent Hamas radicals from importing new and more powerful weapons into Gaza.

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    oh noes, Bush will not be happy bout this one.

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    Who cares, maybe they'll wipe each other out, and then magically take out the nutcases in israel. Then we can pave over all of it and build an amusement park.
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    Guess Bush has found the next place to invade.

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    Don't be silly, the palestinians aren't sitting on top of any oil.
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    Good luck getting your own country, morons! I know this Christian Palestinian girl and she said her whole family had to leave after those islamist asshats took over. Her mother was told to cover up in the street and they were in fear of their lives constantly. She's trying to bring them to Greece.

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    Great. Another Islamitard Theocracy. Wonder how long it will be before they start executing gays and using razor blades to slit the lips of any women who DARE to commit the heinous sin of wearing lipstick?

    *This kind of news just riles up my bigotry in this issue..*sigh*
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    Maybe they'll blow themselves up
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    Bush wanted Iraq to be a model country for the whole Middle East . Seems like he is succeeding .

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