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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is accusing his Hamas rivals of serving U.S. interests by refusing to relinquish control of the Gaza Strip.

Abbas fears the U.S. is planning a proposal that would offer the Palestinians limited statehood in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and some autonomy in parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Abbas demands full independence in both territories.

In a speech Monday, Abbas said that Hamas' refusal to give up control of Gaza is "accepting the thoughts of the enemy, who plans to have a mini state in Gaza and autonomy in West Bank."

Hamas seized control of Gaza from Abbas' forces in 2007, and reconciliation efforts have repeatedly failed.

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Abbas cut off ties with the U.S. after President Donald Trump recognized contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital last year.

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