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In pictures: Hamas takes Gaza

Hamas militant are seen on the rooftop of the Palestinian Intelligence Security compound in Gaza City

The green flags of Hamas are flying over Gaza as the Palestinian militant group says it is close to taking control of the territory.

A Hamas militant stands on a desk holding a copy of the Koran inside the offices of the head the pro-Fatah Preventive Security compound in Gaza

Hamas militants celebrated as they seized rival faction Fatah's Preventive Security compound, their intelligence headquarters in Gaza.

Palestinians run in the direction of an explosion at the Preventive Security headquarters in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip after it was taken over by Hamas militants

Hamas also took over the southern city of Rafah.

Palestinian children play in the abandoned guard house at the Palestinian security forces HQs seized by Hamas in the southern Gaza strip close to the town of Rafah

Fighting between the two rival Palestinian factions has continued for more than five days, and more than 100 people have been killed.

Hamas militants deploy close to the pro-Fatah Preventive Security headquarters for the whole of the Gaza Strip

Hamas moved to cement its control over the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as the fighting escalated.

A Palestinian militant of al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades stands guard in front of the offices of the Change and the Reform parliamentary block of Hamas in the West Bank city of Nablus

There are now fears the fighting may spread to parts of the West Bank, where there have been reports of gun battles.

Palestinian youth climb on the debris of the destroyed base belonging to the Palestinian security forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas

The EU and US have voiced concern and the EU has suspended aid operations in Gaza in response to the violence.

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