Hamas militia moves into captured Fatah base

In a move symbolic of its takeover of the Gaza Strip, Hamas militiamen marched through the Preventive Security compound in Gaza City on Thursday, taking public control of a site that used to house the most feared Fatah-linked force. The compound fell without a fight as Hamas militants swept through the Gaza Strip last week, vanquishing the numerically superior Fatah-linked security agencies. About 250 Hamas fighters, dressed in blue military-style camouflage uniforms and carrying AK-47 assault rifles, marched in formation through the compound after standing at attention in neat rows to hear a briefing from their commander.