Meshaal called for the Palestinian security forces to be reorganised and said elements in Fatah that he did not want to identify were to blame for the lack of security in Gaza.
"We need to restructure the Palestinian security apparatus to be a national force chosen according to merit and not on a factional basis," he said.Security challenges
Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestinian MP, said the new cabinet faced daunting challenges, principally "to ensure the rule of law and to prevent the spread of lawlessness from Gaza to the West Bank."
The security challenge was highlighted when the head of the Palestinian Authority police force, who is loyal to Abbas's Fatah faction, banned officers in Gaza from cooperating with the rival Hamas movement.
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"General Kamal al-Sheikh has ordered all police in the Gaza Strip to cease work and not to cooperate with the interior minister and the sacked government," a statement released on Saturday said.
"All those who disobey these orders will have to assume their responsibilities before the law and will be considered as mutineers who refuse direct orders from their hierarchy."
In the previously peaceful West Bank, armed men from the Fatah-linked al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades stormed the parliament building and tried to seize the Hamas-backed deputy speaker of parliament.
"There was a scuffle but he wasn't kidnapped," a spokesman for Hassan Khreisheh said.
Members of the group have also destroyed offices at an Islamic school, a cultural centre, charities, local television and local radio in the city of Nablus in apparent revenge attacks, witnesses and Hamas officials said.
A senior commander called on Hamas members in the territory to hand in their weapons to the Palestinian Authority.
"After what happened in Gaza, Hamas has become a banned organisation in the West Bank and all of its arms must be handed over to the Palestinian Authority as these arms are now illegitimate," Zakaria al-Zubeidi, an al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades commander in Jenin, said.