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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishHamasHa‧mas /ˈhɑːmɑːs/  an organization that wants to create a Palestinian state with strict Islamic law, in the area that is now controlled by Israel. Hamas has used rockets and suicide bombers to attack Israel. In 2006 Hamas won more seats than the more moderate Fatah party in the Palestinian elections. In 2007 Hamas used force to take control of the Gaza Strip after Fatah refused to hand over control to the new government. The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Fatah) made an official order stating that the Hamas militia was illegal.
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