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Fatah Gunmen Vow To Kill Hamas Leadership

From those lovers of terror at Reuters:

A Fatah supporter scuffles with a Palestinian security officer during a protest against the Hamas government in the West Bank city of Ramallah, October 1, 2006.

Palestinian group threatens to kill Hamas leaders

By Nidal al-Mughrabi

GAZA (Reuters) – Fatah gunmen threatened on Tuesday to kill leaders of the governing Hamas group, escalating a power struggle marked by the worst internal violence in Gaza and the West Bank since the Palestinian Authority was created in 1994…

Twelve Palestinians have been killed and more than 100 wounded in two days of clashes in the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank between the Fatah faction of President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas.

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of Fatah, said it held Hamas’s Damascus-based political chief Khaled Meshaal, Interior Minister Saeed Seyam and senior Interior Ministry official Youssef al-Zahar responsible for the deaths.

"We in al-Aqsa announce, with all might and frankness, the ruling of the people in the homeland and in the diaspora, to execute the head of the sedition, Khaled Meshaal, Saeed Seyam and Youssef al-Zahar, and we will execute this ruling so those filthy people can be made an example," a statement said

Responding to al-Aqsa’s threat against his life, Zahar said it was not representative of the group but the work of "coup seekers who want to achieve what the Occupation (Israel) failed to do — liquidate Islamists serving the homeland."

Hamas legislator Mushir al-Masri said Hamas would "not show mercy" if any of its top officials were targeted.

Tension has been fueled by the government’s inability to pay full salaries to its workers, many of them from Fatah, as a result of the Western aid embargo designed to push Hamas to recognize Israel, renounce violence and abide by interim deals.

Some Fatah leaders have accused Syria, which sponsored an armed rebellion by Palestinian dissidents against then- Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasser Arafat in 1983 in Lebanon, of encouraging Hamas to resist any calls to bend…

Still looking for the downside here.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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