Gaza Divide
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Gaza City Divide

In the Gaza Strip, former Fatah security officers have gone underground, replaced by Hamas volunteers since the miltant group took control in fighting last month. Those in Fatah believe they are targets, even though Hamas has invited them to work for the group, which now controls the territory and its 1.5 million residents. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
“Hamas is trying to terrorize Fatah and the people of Gaza,” says Hatim, 28, a former Fatah security guard who won’t divulge his last name. “I’m not scared. I don’t think there’s a direct threat against my life. But I am careful.” The posters show the late Fatah leader Yasser Arafat. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
With so many of its members in hiding, Fatah gathering spots are quiet these days. “We used to have 25 to 30 people in this center at a time.... Now only about 10 come. We open it only in the evening,” Hatim says. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
“We will not turn into some sort of militant gang,” Hatim says of Fatah, expressing regret over Palestinians fighting one another instead of unifying against Israel. “But I know I will not leave Gaza under any circumstances, even if there’s a threat against my life.” (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
“There is a threat to all Fatah ex-security people,” says Karam Tahar, with his 2-year-old daughter. “Before the coup, I did my duty to help my country. But now I spend most of my days sleeping.” (Carolyn Cole / LAT)