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Hamas stages first West Bank march since 2007

NABLUS, West Bank — The Islamic militant group Hamas staged its first public demonstration in the West Bank since 2007 on Thursday, illustrating its improving ties with the rival Fatah movement after a five-year rift.

The show of force by Hamas reflected the group’s popularity in Palestinian society following an eight-day battle against Israel last month and its rising influence as Islamists rise to power across the region.

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