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Hamas And Fatah Are On The Brink Of Civil War

From those haters of strife at the Associated Press:

Palestinian boys inspect the burnt house of senior Fatah leader Jamal Abu al-Jedian after fighting between Hamas and Fatah militants in the northern Gaza Strip June 12, 2007.

Hamas gunmen attack Fatah HQ in Gaza City

By Nidal al-Mughrabi

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas gunmen stormed a Fatah security headquarters in Gaza City on Tuesday, moving Palestinians closer to civil war, minutes after the Islamist group’s deadline for its rival to quit key strongholds expired.

A spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction said its Central Committee would meet at 8 p.m. (1700 GMT) to weigh whether to remain in the unity government it formed with Hamas in March in a bid to stop internal violence and ease Western sanctions.

In an ultimatum verging on a declaration of war, Hamas’s armed wing had given Fatah until 1100 GMT to evacuate the military intelligence, presidential guard, national security and preventive security headquarters in Gaza City.

After the deadline passed, witnesses said Hamas fighters attacked a large compound controlled by the Fatah-dominated national security forces in Gaza City.

Rejecting Hamas’s demands, Fatah spokesman Abdel-Hakim Awad said: “The security forces will not pay attention to that nonsense and will defend the security headquarters with all their might.”

Heavy gunfire and explosions sounded at the facility under attack, but there was no immediate word on casualties…

The violence, described by Gazans as more brutal than in the past, has included a shootout in a hospital, dropping foes to their deaths from high-rise buildings and the execution-style slaying of a Fatah field commander outside his home.

Hamas gunmen swept into Fatah posts across the coastal territory, capturing some in battles and others without a fight, local residents said. They describing the northern and central Gaza Strip as under Hamas control.

Two gunmen, one from Hamas and the other from Fatah, were killed in fighting in the central Gaza Strip.

Gunmen also abducted and then killed a member of Hamas’s armed wing, a nephew of Abdel Aziz-Rantissi, a Hamas leader assassinated by Israel in 2004.

The violence followed fighting on Monday in which at least 14 people were killed. Their deaths raised to about 630 the number of Palestinians killed in internal strife since Hamas came to power in early 2006…

“Stay at home and you will be safe,” Hamas’s Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades warned Fatah fighters in an announcement over a radio station, in a bid to prevent the rival faction from rushing reinforcements to battle scenes… 

Funny how long we have been promised a civil war in Iraq by our watchdog media.

But when a real civil war breaks out in Palestine, they choose to ignore it.

Why is that?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 12th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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