The Happy Arab News Service

Friday, January 26, 2007

The Show Must Go On

Night curfew was imposed on Beirut as clashes between government and opposition supporters subsided. Since, as the foreign minister Livni claims, stagnation is never an option, from another side the Palestinians contributed today their part to keep the show going by massively celebrating the anniversary of Hamas-led government:

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP)

Ten people died in the latest clash between the Hamas and Fatah factions on Friday.

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Fatah spokesman Maher Mekdad said his group announced suspending coalition talks with the rival Hamas movement to protest a flare-up in factional fighting.

"Fatah will not go to dialogue with killers," said Mekdad.
(I always had a great respect for people with principles ;) NB)

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A Hamas operative was shot while calling residents to particpate in a parade celebrating the anniversary of the Hamas government.

Meanwhile, Al-Aqsa brigade operatives kidnapped nine Hamas operatives near Nablus.

Earlier Friday, Hamas operatives killed a wounded Fatah fighter in a gangland-style slaying, Fatah officials said, capping a night of factional clashes in which a Hamas militiaman died in a bomb attack and each side took captives.

Hamas supporters surrounded by their captors from Al-Aksa Martyrs' brigades

Fatah said a Hamas force firing rockets launched a predawn attack on the home of Nabil Jarjir, a member of the Fatah-affiliated Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades in the northern Gaza Strip, wounding him. As neighbors were taking the injured man to hospital the Hamas raiders stopped the car and killed Jarjir with a shot to the head, Fatah said.

Local Al-Aksa official Samih Madhoun vowed revenge. "Those who executed Jarjir will be punished," he said.

The attack on Jarjir's home came just hours after a roadside bomb was detonated as a squad of Hamas militiamen drove by. One militant was killed in that attack and seven were wounded, Hamas and hospital officials said.


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