World powers and neighboring Arab States are pledging support for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after Islamic militants of Hamas routed his Fatah forces and took control of the Gaza Strip.
The Mideast Quartet of peace mediators - the United States, European Union, Russia and the United Nations - offered "full support" for Mr. Abbas, and expressed concern about the humanitarian situation in Gaza.
In Gaza Friday, there was looting of Fatah facilities such as the presidential compound and the former security headquarters as Hamas fighters consolidated their control. More than 110 Palestinians were killed in the week of fighting. Mr. Abbas, who is in the West Bank, appointed former Finance Minister Salam Fayyad as the new prime minister -- after dismissing Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas.