zondag 3 augustus 2008

Hamas sluit coup op Westoever niet uit

Hamas verwijt Fatah onder meer martelpraktijken. Dat zou goed kunnen kloppen, maar Hamas kan er zelf ook wat van.
Hamas will not rule out repeat of Gaza coup in West Bank
Date: 31 / 07 / 2008  Time:  11:27
www.maannews. net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=30938

Bethlehem - Ma'an - Hamas refused to rule out the option of taking control of the West Bank if Fatah do not change their policies towards Hamas activists in the area. The statement was made in a press release by Sami Abu Zuhri, the official Hamas spokesperson in the West Bank on Thursday.

Abu Zuhri said "the current situation in the West Bank is similar to that in the Gaza Strip before Hamas took control. Security forces are committing crimes in their interrogation and torture centers."

"We remind them [Fatah]," he continued, "that they planted thorns and they will harvest regret."

Hamas have been accused by Fatah of the creation of an executive to carry out a coup in the West Bank similar to the one in the Gaza Strip. They have previously denied any plans to overthrow the caretaker government in the West bank, and while this falls short of a declaration of such an intention, it will be seen as a stepping up of the rhetoric around this issue.

In 2007 Hamas took control of the Gaza strip and expelled Fatah leaders after a short civil war in the region, effectively splitting the Palestinian Authority (PA) in two, with Hamas controlling Gaza and Fatah, the West Bank. Since then there has been a deadlock between the two factions, with tit-for-tat arrests of leaders and shutting down of institutions by both of the groups.

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

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