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Thousands of police guard polling stations ahead of Palestinian vote

Thousands of police guarded ballot boxes Tuesday and rival militants pledged not to disrupt voting on the eve of the first &to=http://english.pravda.ru/world/2003/04/23/46265.html' target=_blank>Palestinian parliament election in a decade _ a cliffhanger vote on whether to pursue peace or confrontation with Israel.

The battle between the ruling &to=http://english.pravda.ru/politics/2000/12/31/1813.html' target=_blank>Fatah Party and its Islamic Hamas rival was sure to tilt the balance of a Middle East torn between reform and traditionalism.