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Hamas rejects threats by Palestinian leader

AP  |  Gaza City 

A senior Hamas official says threats by Palestinian President cannot force the militant group to cede control in the Strip.

Khalil al-Hayya told reporters today that Abbas' threat to take "unprecedented steps" to restore political unity to the Palestinian territory will not succeed.

Al-Hayya says "can't be threatened or terrified and Hamas doesn't accept threats."

The Islamic militant group seized from Abbas' Palestinian Authority in 2007, leaving the Palestinians divided between rival governments in the West and Gaza Strip. Repeated attempts at reconciliation have failed.

Seeking to put pressure on Hamas, Abbas has slashed the salaries of thousands of former civil servants in Gaza and imposed a on fuel shipments to Hamas-ruled Gaza.

Al-Hayya called on Abbas to reverse the measures.

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First Published: Tue, April 18 2017. 21:13 IST