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Analysis: Is Hamas planning to take over the West Bank?

The Jerusalem Post reports: “Hamas is planning to stage a non-violent coup against the Palestinian Authority by taking control of universities, unions and other institutions in the West Bank, Tawfik Tirawi, former head of the PA General Intelligence Service, has warned.

The warning followed Hamas’s victory in the recent election for student council at Bir Zeit University, north of Ramallah, and in some professional unions.

It also followed claims that several Hamas members from the Ramallah area had planned to carry out attacks against key PA security and civilian installations.

According to some reports, the PA security forces seized large amounts of weapons and explosives in the town of Beitunia, southwest of Ramallah, that belonged to a Hamas cell…”

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