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|Abbas accuses Hamas of coup plot
||Abbas accuses Hamas of coup plot
(30 minutes later)
|Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Hamas of trying to establish its own state in Gaza.||Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Hamas of trying to establish its own state in Gaza.|
Mr Abbas condemned Hamas as "murderous terrorists" for attacking "national symbols" during its takeover of Gaza.
He spoke at a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), an umbrella political group, in the West Bank town of Ramallah.
Last week Hamas militants seized bases and government compounds in Gaza from rivals Fatah, which Mr Abbas heads.
|"There is no dialogue with those murderous terrorists," Mr Abbas said, referring to Hamas militants.||"There is no dialogue with those murderous terrorists," Mr Abbas said, referring to Hamas militants.|
In the wake of Hamas' takeover Mr Abbas sacked the Palestinian government, led by a Hamas prime minister, replacing it with an emergency cabinet.