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Saturday, July 26, 2008

New 'Palestinian' civil war coming in Gaza?

An explosion near a Gaza City beach on Friday night killed five Hamas members and a six-year old girl. Of course, since this is only Muslims killing Muslims, you probably haven't heard much about it. But it's led to a 'roundup' of Fatah 'activists' throughout the Gaza Strip and talks of 'revenge' and 'justice.' 'Palestinian' style of course.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh convened an emergency government meeting Saturday after five members of his faction and a six-year-old girl were killed in a beachside explosion in the Gaza Strip Friday.

Blaming the rival group Fatah, Haniyeh's government issued a statement following the meeting, instructing the Gaza authorities to find the people involved in "the horrible crime yesterday."

"Those guilty will be subject to justice in order to be an example for anyone who might think to shed the Palestinian blood," the statement read. If convicted, the perpetrators could face the death penalty.

Earlier Saturday, Hamas security forces arrested dozens of Fatah supporters, hurled grenades at the home of one Fatah leader and set up checkpoints across Gaza in a crackdown on the rival faction.

A Gaza-based human rights group reported Hamas security officials arrested at least 160 Fatah loyalists, and some 40 institutions connected to the group were raided. Fatah leaders said more than 200 of its people were rounded up, including its top leader in Gaza, Ahmad Nasser.

Fatah leaders denied involvement in the explosion, and an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the consequent crackdown was reducing prospects for eventual reconciliation between the rival groups.

If Hamas was in fact targeted, it would be the deadliest such attack since the Islamic militants ousted Fatah-allied security forces from Gaza in a violent takeover more than a year ago.

The blast went off beneath a car parked near a crowded Gaza City beach on Friday evening, Hamas officials said. At the time, a group of Hamas activists was picnicking on the beach, Hamas said. The blast shattered the windows of the white sedan and damaged its doors.

Three Hamas members and the girl were killed immediately. Two more Hamas activists died of injuries Saturday and 15 people were wounded, according to a statement by the Palestinian Health Ministry.


Among the dead in the explosion were a senior Hamas field commander and Iyad al-Hayeh, a nephew of Hamas lawmaker Khalil al-Hayeh, health officials said. Osama al-Hayeh, a son of the lawmaker, was wounded.

Tensions were palpable on Gaza's streets following the blast.

Thousands of Hamas loyalists marched in the funeral of the explosion's victims, waving their movement's green flag. Gunmen fired automatic rifles into the air and angrily vowed revenge.

"The collaborators who did this must be hung in Palestine Square and shot," al-Hayeh, the lawmaker, said in a eulogy, referring to Gaza City's main square.

"The people who stand behind this (attack) are from Fatah," al-Hayeh said. "We hold their leaders responsible ... and say, either be nationalists or collaborators, the choice is yours," he said. Al-Hayeh had previously survived two Israeli assassination attempts that killed members of his extended family.
I wonder whether Desmond Tutu will be coming to investigate. Somehow, I doubt it. After all, it's just Muslims killing Muslims. That's as boring as the Weather Channel.


At 6:25 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Heh. They usually blame Israel but they're shocked their own people are killing them. Nothing liking tasting the poisonous venom of anti-Jewish hate they've indoctrinated into their own people for years. That doesn't stay confined to the infidel Jews.


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