HAMAS/Fatah conflict growing bloody.

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HAMAS/Fatah conflict growing bloody.

In Gaza, the Palestinian workers loyal to Fatah are demanding HAMAS pay themheir salaries, which have not been paid since HAMAS won the election. The U.S., E.U. and Israel recognize HAMAS being a terrorist organization and stopped funding the PA government and are claim they will not begin paying them again until they agree to the agreements made before their election and acccept Israel's right to exist, not to mention renounce violence.

Most of the "workers" are security personnel and police officers.

While it might be easy and convenient to say that this only proves that the Arab Palestinians and more interested in holding fast to their desires of wiping Israel off themap thanthey are in taking care of their own people, this instability and violence is not good for the security of Israel.

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Seven Palestinians were killed Sunday in gun battles in Gaza between militants from the ruling Hamas party and security personnel loyal to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, hospital officials said.

The fighting started in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis, where dozens of police gathered outside the Bank of Palestine Sunday morning to demand payment of salaries they have not recieved since Hamas took power in January, protesters said.

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, of Hamas, spoke with Abbas by telephone late Sunday evening and called for joint action to end the violence between their respective parties, as well as the need to return to national unity government talks, Haniyeh's office said in a statement.


"We (Abbas and I) have agreed all parties must abide by the law and that they should not get involved in any kind of behaviour that may lead to the spread of chaos," Haniyeh told reporters in Gaza.


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Haniyeh defended the Hamas militia that fought running gunbattles with Fatah gunmen throughout Gaza on Sunday in violence that killed seven people and injured scores of others.

He said the militia was operating lawfully when it tried to stop protests from civil servants and security officers upset that the government had been unable to pay their salaries for the past six months.

After the deadly protest in Gaza City, dozens of supporters from Abbas' Fatah Party retaliated by ransacking and torching the empty Cabinet building in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The Fatah supporters had earlier marched through the city, the seat of the Palestinian government, burning tires and shouting, "Hamas, out, out."

By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 2-10-2006

Looks like the Wests tactic to starve out Hamas is starting to work. Pity it creates so much trouble along the way. However people choose which side they want to be on.

You are right about it not beinig good for Israel, it is just creating more and mone extremism. leading to increasing desperate behavours.
By netchicken: posted on 2-10-2006

Mahmoud Abbas is calling for calm, saying that a civil war is a red line that they should not cross. It seems that they are close to crossing it.

Netty, it looks to me as if Israel is besieged on all sides by war, and in such a position, her people must be growing exceedingly weary. Step back and look at the whole world; are we there yet, do you think?
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 2-10-2006

The line is crossed civil war is iminent

Looks like you are right TC, things are getting worse...
Much more on the site


GAZA (Reuters) - The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's
Fatah faction, threatened for the first time on Tuesday to kill Hamas leaders, including exiled political chief Khaled Meshaal.

The threat marked an escalation in the power struggle between Fatah and the ruling Hamas movement after two days of internal fighting in the Gaza Strip and the occupied
West Bank in which 12 Palestinians were killed and more than 100 wounded.

In a statement sent to Reuters, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades said it held Meshaal, Palestinian Interior Minister Saeed Seyam and senior Interior Ministry official Youssef al-Zahar responsible for the deaths.

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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,
the statement said.

Meshaal is based in Damascus, while Seyam and al-Zahar are in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas legislator Mushir al-Masri said al-Aqsa was "pouring oil on the fire" between the rival groups.

He said Hamas would "not show mercy" if any of its leaders were targeted by what he called "the leaders of the internal coup."
By netchicken: posted on 3-10-2006

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