Skip to comments.Gun battles erupt throughout Gaza
Posted on 03/20/2006 7:12:55 PM PST by Sabramerican
Gun battles erupt throughout Gaza Khaled Abu Toameh, THE JERUSALEM POST Mar. 20, 2006
At least 12 Palestinians were wounded in fierce gun battles that erupted in various parts of the Gaza Strip on Monday between Palestinian policemen and disgruntled Fatah militiamen.
The clashes, the worst in months, came less than 24 hours after Hamas presented its new cabinet to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Abbas is under heavy pressure from his Fatah party not to approve the Hamas cabinet, sources close to the PA chairman told The Jerusalem Post. They said several Fatah leaders had warned Abbas against endorsing the line-up that was presented to him by Prime Minister-designate Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday night.
Abbas is planning to bring the issue for discussion before the PLO executive committee, a key decision-making body, later this week, the sources added, noting that Abbas was anyway not "enthusiastic" about the Hamas cabinet.
Azzam al-Ahmed, a top Fatah legislator, said his party would vote against the new cabinet when it is presented to the Palestinian Legislative Council for approval. He pointed out that the cabinet's political program does not recognize the PLO as the sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinians.
Mahmoud Zahar, who has been named Foreign Minister in the Hamas cabinet, announced that his movement would reconsider all agreements that were signed with Israel.
Eyewitnesses said most of those wounded in Monday's fighting in the Gaza Strip were policemen who tried to prevent Fatah gunmen from taking over government buildings and security installations. The two sides exchanged gunfire for several hours in scenes that many Palestinians said were reminiscent of the civil war in Lebanon in the 1970s.
The gunmen, according to PA security sources, belonged to Fatah's armed wing, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades. However, the group issued a statement on Monday night denying any connection to the fighting, saying some militiamen had used its name as a cover. The attackers said they were protesting against the PA's failure to provide them with jobs and money.
The armed clashes started at around nine-thirty a.m., when members of a large group of masked gunmen opened fire at police officers on Salah Eddin Street in the center of Gaza City.
Two officers and three passersby were injured in the attack. The gunmen blocked the road and planted a number of explosive devices, preventing the convoy of Police Chief Ala Hosni from heading toward the Erez crossing.
The fighting lasted for over an hour. Later, several police officers stormed Balsam Hospital in Beit Lahia and opened fire indiscriminately and took one of their wounded friends to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.
The clashes then spread to other parts of Gaza City as scores of Fatah gunmen attacked public institutions. One of the gangs stormed the electricity generation facility north of Nusairat refugee camp in the center of the Gaza Strip. The gunmen stormed the facility under heavy gunfire in an effort to pressure the PA to hire them as police officers.
Policemen who rushed to the scene exchanged fire with the gunmen for nearly two hours. The clash resulted in the injury of a National Security Force officer, Na'el Abu Khadra, 25, from Nusairat refugee camp, who was hit with a bullet to the abdomen. He was evacuated to the al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, where his condition was described as serious.
The electricity plant has come under several attacks by armed Fatah militiamen over the past few months. The last attack was last week, when a number of gunmen raided the facility, requesting jobs.
Fatah gunmen also blocked the road leading to the government compound, which includes the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in al-Rimal neighborhood in Gaza City. They surrounded the compound for several hours, claiming that they had not received their salaries for several months.
The attackers took position on the roof of buildings and opened fire at police forces, injuring two officers.
Two employees of the Foreign Ministry were also wounded. They were identified as Salem al-Farra, 35, and Suleiman al-Aklouk, 27.
At the same time, a number of gunmen from the Abu Draz family closed the gate of al-Karma Military Hospital in Abasan village, east of Khan Younis and ordered the medical crew to suspend their work.
The attackers announced that the hospital would remain closed until the PA agrees to hire five of their relatives.
Gunmen also attacked the Khan Younis District Court during the trial of a man accused of killing a member of their family.
The police tried to close the area as members of the Shahwan family set fire to tires. The police later managed to escort the defendant safely out of the court. Members of the Shahwan family three stones and Molotov cocktails at the policemen, but no one was injured.
Well, I told you that there would be good things coming out of Hamas's electoral victory. There could be bad things too - the two sides might run out of ammo.
Is it wrong to wish that both sides were better shots?
Is this the "chaos" they were warning us would "erupt" if the Gazans didn't get their handouts from the EU?
Well, they got the money and "chaos has erupted" anyway.
I'll have to remember this tactic next time I'm job hunting. *rolls eyes*
These guys have to be some of the worst shots ever.Just watch some of those videos with the terrorist types in the desert trying to look butch with an AK.I'd have shot them maybe 8 times in the time they took trying to line up their first shot.
Hail achmed! Bring more guns and ammo to the knuckle draggers. Quick quick. That's it brave desert warriors, now go out and slaughter....allah is well pleased.
They are reverting to type. The legacy of Ishmael..
The day these goons ripped down the greenhouses the Israeli's left in tack so the knuckle draggers could grow some food to feed themselves set the stage. And the UN will go on feeding them.
I know, let's give them a Country!
I had a 'discussion' with my friend from Italy who lives in the US, has dual citizenship, but who can't wait to tell me how dreadful the US is. She blames the US for Hamas winning that election, gleefully saying, "How do you like it now???" Didn't get it when I said cable had run the Israeli raid on Iraq's nuclear plant twice this weekend...coincidence? Or because they might have to take out Iran's? She didn't even know Iraq had possessed WMD's, still claims they never existed, that Bush never should have cleaned out Saddam's sewer. Out of her mind. Plus, she's stupid.
They've never learned that in order to have an income, the individual has to do something that someone else wants. They burned down the unique and productive greenhouses that the Israelis left for them and now they are crying about being short of food.
They're beyond hopeless.
As Israel was pulling out of Gaza, elitist leftists were on NPR, outlining what Palies expected...not from the UN, but from the US. Everything, ad infinitum, you name it, they expect to get it, including US soldiers to 'protect' them from evil Israeli's.
They all these gunmen want jobs with the "security" forces. Their "job" will be not to seize control of government buildings or critical infrastructure, or kidnap Westerners. This is job they can do from home.
We should cut these people off, let these people stew in their own juices, and have at each other. Within six months they'll be begging the Israelis to occupy them again.
The peppers and the tomatoes that they did manage to grow, they threw in the garbage for a photo-op because those meeeeaan eeeville zionists wouldn't open the border to let them sell their produce in Israel (and smuggle in other stuff to kill Jews).
This brings something to mind...
...hmm... what was it...
Oh yeah, I remember...
Policy proposal -- assist the weaker side until it becomes stronger, then help the other side instead, repeating until, uh, the shooting stops. :')
Warning! This is a high-volume ping list.
Well, I blame the Joooooos!
I wonder why when they shoot at each other nobody gets killed.
We can only hope. Funny thing though although the media has been pressing for civil war in Iraq , they dont seem too happy about this one.
Now here's a novel way to apply for a new job!
Notice that the MSM never runs out of hope for the proverbial "Roadmap to Peace". It doesn't matter what the conterveiling evidence is--peace is always possible and around the corner IF the Israelis are wise enough to take risks for peace. What a crock.
CIVIL WAR!!! Where is the MSM? Oh, it's only in Palestine . . . .
They are not expert shots at anyone shooting back.
If they did what they do best, suicide bomb buses and pizza parlors full of kids, there would be dead.
So much for today's cheery news.
""Freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things." Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld"
"The West has given more significance to the myth of the genocide of the Jews, even more significant than God, religion, and the prophets...."Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The Holocaust Chronicle ~
"Palestine is the wrong name for their State. It should be called Anarchy."FReeper sgtbono2002
"Then let's wait and see what the Arabs do after they take Gaza. There's nothing like Arab reality to break up a Jewish fantasy."FReeper Noachian
A student told his professor he was going to "Palestine" to "fight for freedom, peace and justice,"Orwellian leftist code words that mean "murder Jews."
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I always read about these attacks by gangs protesting 'jobs' and money. As there are so many of them, they must be getting what they want. For this to stop, the government must not negotiate with terrorists and give these groups nothing. Of course, when the government itself is filled with terrorists and thieves I see why they have trouble handling it. :)
The people in this part of the world have been fighting sence time began and it is just not news.
This sounds a lot like their election day.
Doesn't get much better than this.
That good way to post resume on Monster.com
It's just Muslims being Muslims.
The best part of any Moslem civil war? Everyone wins. ;')
" Out of her mind. Plus, she's stupid."
We let her into this country? Any possiblity of encouraging to go back where she came from? Good advice to any immigrants that come to this country and bitch about it.
Strange people, and a very strange way to apply for an electricians job.
If the terrorists are going to kill each other, we should air-drop them plenty of ammo.
What??And you mean to tell me they didn't get hired? (sarcasm)
may allah the most merciful grant them more bullets and better shots. /sarc
As in: "They told me that if I voted for Goldwater we'd have riots in the cities and half a million troops in Vietnam. They were right, I voted for Goldwater and we had riots in the cities and half a million troops in Vietnam."
It's like an episode of "The A-Team".
I'm thinking hand grenades with *short* fuses.
OK, let me get this straight. Over in Gaza, a bunch of Philistines and Amalekstinians are offing each other, with a sprinkling of Jihadstinians offing both of them, plus Jihadstinians of rival groups.
Well, seal off the borders of the whole place and let them have at it! Let 'em have their 7th Century war as much as they want....with each other.
I guess she must be a really good lay. After all why else ould anyone in their right mind have a friend who's a liberal moonbat