Tensions Rise as Gaza Pullout Nears

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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has cut short a trip to Africa to make her third visit this year to the Middle East, but she'll face internal conflict on both sides. Israel soldiers are preventing thousands of settlers from marching to Gaza in hopes of preventing Israel's planned withdrawal. Last week in Gaza itself, there was deadly fighting between Palestinian Authority soldiers and gunmen from Hamas, which is challenging the PA over who will take over when the Israelis have gone. Egyptian mediators have tried to ease what's become the worst internal violence in years, but today nine members of the security force and two Hamas militants were wounded. We get progress reports on both struggles and ask how Secretary Rice can help ease the tensions on either side.
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