Civil War Starts in Gaza

I think civil war is not too strong a term for what is going on now:

From the Jerusalem Post:

At least 25 Palestinians were killed and 80 were wounded as Hamas fighters overran two of Fatah's most important security installations in the Gaza Strip on Thursday. Witnesses said the victors dragged vanquished gunmen from the building and shot them to death gangland-style in the street in front of their families.

The headquarters of the General Security Service, commanded by Ramallah-based General Tawfik Tirawi, fell to Hamas gunmen. Hamas said documents it found there prove that the Fatah-affiliated security apparatus has close ties with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Hamas said it would show the documents on television in the coming hours.

Elsewhere, the capture of the Preventive Security headquarters was a major step forward in Hamas's attempts to complete its takeover of all of Gaza. Hamas followed up that victory by demanding Fatah surrender another key security installation.

And from IHT:

Thursday's assaults on Fatah put Hamas close to full control of Gaza. Only the presidential compound of Abbas and the Suraya headquarters of the National Security Forces, the Palestinian army, remained under Fatah's control. But Hamas had surrounded Al Suraya, calling on the occupants to surrender, and the compound was under attack Thursday.

Abbas came under pressure from within Fatah and from some of his other allies to suspend participation in the so-called unity government with Hamas, which began in March, and to declare a state of emergency.


SocietyVs said…
I am not sure about this whole thing - is this Palestine fighting within itself now?
Abu Daoud said…
Yes, exactly. The Palestinian Authority which is the government that is in charge of Palestine has basically been overthrown in Gaza.

The key change was over a year ago when Israel pulled out of Gaza and let the Palestinians have greater self-rule. Do you remember when all the settlers in Gaza were forced to leave?

Well now Hamas, which is one of the main two 'political' parties has taken over Gaza. But it was not done politically, through the use of elections, but rather by use of military force.

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