Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Civil war in Palestine

The AP is reporting that "A rocket-propelled grenade hit the home of the Hamas prime minister Tuesday...There were no injuries in the attack on Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's home — the second in two days. But it underscored the increasingly ruthless nature of the fighting, which has killed 18 people in recent days. Exasperated Egyptian mediators said the bitter rivals turned down an appeal to meet for truce talks...Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused his Hamas rivals of staging a coup"...the two parties aren't interested in a truce and mediators give up, and there is talk of a coup; that sounds like a civil war to me.

The AP report elaborates that "Heavy gunbattles erupted in what security officials described as a Hamas assault on positions of the Fatah-allied security forces. Hamas-affiliated radio stations said the group took over security installations in northern and central Gaza, as well as the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis"...

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