Hamas and Fatah, two major Palestinian political factions, have had a history of bitter conflicts over control and power, particularly in the Gaza Strip. This internal fighting has resulted in casualties on both sides and has had a significant impact on the Palestinian resistance movement.
The conflict between Hamas and Fatah escalated in 2007 when Hamas took control of Gaza after a violent confrontation with Fatah forces. This led to a division between the West Bank, which is under the control of the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority, and Gaza, which is governed by Hamas.
The infighting between these two factions has had detrimental effects on the Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation. The internal divisions have weakened the overall unity and coordination among Palestinians, making it more challenging to present a unified front in their struggle for self-determination.
Efforts have been made over the years to reconcile the differences between Hamas and Fatah, including signing reconciliation agreements, but the implementation of these agreements has often faced obstacles and setbacks. The ongoing division between the two factions continues to hinder the Palestinian resistance movement and the prospects for a unified Palestinian state.