Palestinians have begun voting in the first legislative election in a decade, with the ruling Fatah party facing an unprecedented challenge to its grip on power from
Voting opened across the Gaza Strip and the West Bank at 7am (0500 GMT) on Wednesday against a background of massive security in place.
Initial results were expected shortly after the close of polling at 7 pm (1700 GMT).
About 1.34 million residents of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and annexed east Jerusalem are entitled to cast their ballots in an election whose outcome promises to have a profound impact on the future course of the Middle East.
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