In the West Bank city of Nablus, hundreds of supporters of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement rushed into the street Saturday in celebration of his call for early elections. Dozens of gunmen fired in the air chanting "Abu Mazen, go, go, we are with you until liberation."
Hamas vehemently opposes new elections.
"The Palestinian government rejects this call for early elections and considers it a coup against Palestinian legitimacy and the will of the Palestinian people," the Hamas government said in a statement.
A Hamas legislator, Mushir al-Masri, said Hamas considers early elections illegal.