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Friday, October 05, 2007

Poetic justice: Hamas complains about 'insurgency'

The Jerusalem Post reports on Hamas complaints that Fatah is using 'insurgency tactics' to undermine Hamas rule in the Gaza Strip:
The officials told The Jerusalem Post Fatah militiamen were behind a series of bombings that targeted Hamas members and institutions over the past few weeks.

On Tuesday, three Fatah men were killed in a "work accident" as they were trying to place a bomb near a Hamas security installation west of Gaza City. The three, Hudaibi Khader, Yusef Hamadeh and Mu'taz al-Qami, belonged to Fatah's armed wing, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades.


Early Thursday morning, three Hamas militiamen serving in the local police were wounded, one of them critically, when a bomb was detonated near their vehicle at the Askoulah junction in Gaza City. Again, Hamas accused Fatah of standing behind the attack.

Hamas's security forces on Thursday arrested Maher Khwaiter, a Fatah activist from the city's Zeitun neighborhood, on suspicion of involvement in the bombing.

Another Hamas official told the Post that Fatah was behind at least 14 attacks against Hamas figures and institutions in the Gaza Strip over the past month. He added that Fatah's decision to resort to an "armed struggle reflected Fatah's frustration after failing to ignite a popular uprising against Hamas."

Over the past two months, Fatah has organized a series of peaceful protests against Hamas in the Gaza Strip; thousands of Fatah supporters participated in open-air prayers to protest against Hamas's June "coup."

The protests, which have meanwhile been suspended, led to street clashes between the two parties, seriously embarrassing the Hamas government of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.

Most of the alleged Fatah operations have targeted security vehicles used by Hamas forces in the Gaza Strip. Following the attacks, the Hamas Ministry of Interior, which is in charge of security in the Strip, instructed all its operatives to check their vehicles before using them and to be on alert for roadside bombs.

"Apparently, Fatah is trying to copy the tactics of the anti-American insurgents in Iraq," said a Palestinian journalist in Gaza City. "It's ironic that Hamas is now describing the Fatah attacks as acts of terrorism."
Ironic indeed. But the funniest instance of the pot calling the kettle black is this one:
Khaled Abu Hilal, a Fatah dissident closely associated with Hamas, said the latest wave of bombings was designed to destabilize the situation in the Gaza Strip. Accusing Fatah leaders in Ramallah of instructing their men to attack Hamas, he said: "These crimes reflect the terrorist mentality of the murderers and of those who give them the instructions from Ramallah."
For the record, Fatah denies any acts of 'insurgency' and accuses Hamas of taking over its Gaza City headquarters. Hamas admits that but claims it's 'temporary.'

What nice people. Hope to see them killing each other again soon.


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