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Hamas leader says group considering Gaza draft

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The top security official in Hamas-ruled Gaza says he's considering setting up a bigger military force, first of volunteers and eventually of conscripts.

Such a step would further tighten Hamas' control of Gaza and deepen the rift between the militant group and Western-backed moderates of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. Hamas now has a paid security force of 18,000.

Interior Minister Fathi Hamad raised the idea Tuesday at the inauguration of a new police building. He said his ministry is "open to the idea of voluntary recruitment and then going to conscription." He gave no details.

His spokesman Ehab Ghussein says the ministry is looking for now at voluntary recruitment for a broad-based security force, but not a draft.

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Hamas leader says group considering Gaza draft

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The top security official in Hamas-ruled Gaza says
he's considering setting up a bigger military force, first of volunteers and
eventually of conscripts. Such a step would further tighten Hamas' control of
Gaza and deepen the rift between the militant group and Western-backed
moderates of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. Hamas now has a paid
security force of 18,000. Interior Minister Fathi Hamad raised the idea
Tuesday at the inauguration of a new police building. He said his ministry is
"open to the idea of voluntary recruitment and then going to conscription."
He gave no details. His spokesman Ehab Ghussein says the ministry is looking
for now at voluntary recruitment for a broad-based security force, but not a
draft. Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ioi_0jtO9RjMwPNRoXNCnd...