The Gaza Strip is controlled by Hamas
after Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections
in January 2006 and ousted Fatah officials as part of the Battle of Gaza
. Hamas' political and military rival, Fatah
, controls the West Bank
. Both regimes regard themselves as the sole legitimate Palestinian government. For more information on this, see Fatah–Hamas conflict
Conflict between Fatah and Hamas had been simmering since Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections
in January 2006. Upon taking power, Hamas offered Israel
a one-year extension of the truce that was in force and announced they would refuse to honor past agreements between the Palestinian government and Israel. As a result, the US, Israel and the EU cut off aid to Gaza. "recognize Israel's right to exist, forswear violence and accept previous Palestinian-Israeli agreements ... or face isolation and collapse."
Verified Nov 14, 2007. and force it from power while strengthening President Mahmoud Abbas
of Fatah's position.
The major conflict in Gaza surfaced in December 2006 and was centred on Hamas executive force attempts to control Gaza instead of the Palestinian police.
On February 8, 2007 Saudi
-sponsored negotiations in Mecca produced agreement on a Palestinian national unity... Read More