Hamas bans public prayer in the Gaza Strip

The Hamas militant group on Tuesday banned public prayers in the Gaza Strip, moving to halt growing dissent by supporters of the rival Fatah movement. Fatah supporters have held a series of public prayers in recent weeks that have quickly turned into demonstrations against Hamas' rule in Gaza. Hamas seized control of Gaza in June after five days of fighting against Fatah forces. The prayer ban was announced on Hamas' Al-Aqsa television station.