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Wednesday, May 16, 2007




Palo-Circus is back in town

2007-05-16

As the celebrations of the Al-Nakbah day in Gaza continue into the third day running . . .


Hamas gunmen killed five of their own combatants in an ambush on a Fatah vehicle that had been carrying Hamas detainees, Fatah officials said Wednesday.

Also killed were two members of the Fatah-affiliated Preventive Security force that had been guarding the detained Hamas members, the officials said.

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Early Wednesday, Hamas gunmen fired mortars and pipe bombs at the home of Fatah security chief Rashid Abu Shbak, before storming inside, lining six Fatah bodyguards up against the wall and shooting them dead (Ourageous !!! NB), Palestinian security and medical officials said.

Hamas claimed that it men only stormed the home after the bodyguards fired at them. (Oh, sorry. Then it's a totally different story NB)

Abu Shbak and his family were not home at the time of the attack, but the house was guarded by at least a dozen of his guards.

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Source

At this rate there will be soon nobody left in Gaza to run the show. Anyway, lets not be cynical. Happy Nakbah to our friends in Gaza. Hag Sameakh.



2007-05-16
update


Hamas blames world, Israel and Arabs

by Associated Press

The international community, Israel and Arab countries are to blame for the current inter-Palestinian fighting in the Gaza Strip for failing to life an economic siege on the Palestinians, a senior Hamas official said Wednesday.

And what's about Chinese ? Why it's only us all the time ?


The remarks by Moussa Abu Marzouk, deputy head of Hamas' political bureau, came as fighting renewed between Hamas and Fatah in Gaza early Wednesday when Hamas gunmen stormed the home of a top Fatah official in Gaza City, killing five bodyguards inside, Palestinian security officials said.

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Abu Marzouk singled out Javier Solana, the European Union's foreign policy chief, for criticism. "He was one of the main instigator for these events because he is continuing his siege of the Palestinian people and had boycotted Palestinian elections," the Hamas official said

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Abu Marzouk ruled out the possibility of a Palestinian civil war. "This is absolutely rejected by all Palestinian parties," he said.

Source

I agree. A Palestinian civil war cannot happen. It's even linguistically impossible.


PS

I am just wondering what the Palo-Mouse has to say to Tomorrow's Pioneers about this shit.


2007-05-17
update


This is no longer Palo-Circus. But I have no better word for this.

Associated Press

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In the latest infighting, police from the Fatah-allied Preventive Security force arrested five Hamas men and were driving them through Gaza City when the vehicle was ambushed by Hamas fighters, Preventive Security officials said. The five Hamas men were killed, along with two Fatah men, they said.

Hamas radio reported that a Hamas man was killed in a separate clash, and a nurse in an ambulance was shot in the head after being caught in the crossfire, hospital officials said. Her family said she was brain-dead and on a respirator.

In another incident, Hamas gunmen set fire to an 11-story apartment building housing Fatah lawmaker Nema Sheik Ali, the wife of the head of Preventive Security. Witnesses said the gunmen broke into her apartment and struck her and two of her children with their weapons. One of the children is 14 years old; the age of the other wasn't immediately known.

"They came, they broke the door," she said. "They assaulted my children and they pushed me aside, then they torched the apartment."

Shadi al-Kashir, a building resident, said his father, wife, five children and two sisters had been trapped inside by smoke in the halls and gunbattles raging in the entranceway. "They tried to send ambulances, but the ambulances came under fire," he said. They later managed to escape.

A group of about 200 Palestinians marched in central Gaza City, waving Palestinian flags and demanding an end to the fighting. Dozens of masked gunmen used the cover of the demonstration to improve their positions on the street, and then opened fire on the demonstrators, wounding one in the leg. The rest fled.

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Source


2007-05-19
update


Hamas, Fatah gunmen stand down as cease-fire takes hold in Gaza

By Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondent, and Agencies

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The leaders of the two warring factions agreed earlier Saturday to a renewed truce in a bid to stop factional fighting verging on civil war, a spokesman for the Hamas-led unity government said . . .

Shortly after the truce was agreed, clashes erupted outside the home of a senior Fatah official in Gaza City. Security officials said several people were wounded. In the course of the gunbattle, the convoy of a Fatah-allied colonel in the Palestinian intelligence came under fire, but no one was hurt.

Later, however, teams of representatives from the various Palestinian militant factions went around to buildings to make sure gunmen had come down from rooftops. Once rooftops were cleared, the exchange of an unknown number of hostages kidnapped during the past week was to begin . . .

. . . several hostages from both factions were released only after their captors shot them in the legs (!!! NB), both sides said . . .

"We are trying to have an atmosphere of national unity and reconciliation", [Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti said] . . .

Source


Inshallah Salam. Sof Sof.

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