Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Palestinian Gang war continues..6 killed in Gaza

The turf war continues in the Palestinian areas as the Hamas and Fatah gangs jockey for position.

The `ceasefire' barely lasted fo the time it took for the media to report it.

Gun battles raged throughout the Gaza Strip today, and six gunmen died. Two Hamas men and two of Abbas' were killed in street battles, while two more of Abbas' men were found dead after being abducted. At least a dozen people were wounded, including five children who were caught in the crossfires.

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, reiterated in a speech broadcast live on television that Hamas rejected Abbas's election call. Hamas has said it would boycott any polls.

In the same speech, Haniyeh accused the United States on Tuesday of spearheading efforts to bring down his democratically-elected government.

"There is an undeclared decision to bring down the government... and the Americans are leading this effort," Haniyeh said.

I agree with him.

There is supposedly another ceasefire in the offing, this one brokered by the Egyptians. I'll believe it when I see it.

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