Hamas Takes Gaza- Executes Fatah Members In the Streets
One of the strategic results of the Hamas victory in Gaza is the formation of two divided Palestinian zones, each with a different reality and leadership. The Palestinians’ nightmare has been created before their very eyes – separation between Gaza and the West Bank; two states for one people.
Fatah fighters are dragged shirtless into the streets after surrendering in Gaza.
Via Hamas’ Al Aqsa TV station – Conflict Blotter & Pajamas. According to reports, the captured Fatah members were executed in the streets.
Despite peace agreement yesterday, the battle rages in Gaza and the West Bank.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the first time Thursday ordered his presidential guard to strike back against Hamas –WaPo.
Hamas militants hold up the Hamas flag on a watch tower of the captured pro-Fatah Preventative Security compound following clashes in Gaza City. Hamas captured Fatah’s main Gaza base, expanding its control over the territory, as the Palestinian president mulled firing the fragile coalition cabinet the two rivals share.(AFP/Mahmud Hams)
Hamas is calling the victory over Fatah as the second liberation.
Hamas militants deploy near the headquarters of the pro-Fatah security services during clashes in Gaza City. The major Fatah headquarters in the Gaza Strip fell to fighters of the rival Islamist Hamas movement after a fierce hours-long battle.(AFP/Mahmud Hams)
Hamas is executing Fatah fighters in the streets of Gaza in front of their families.
The AP reported:
Hamas fighters overran one of the rival Fatah movement’s most important security installations in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, and witnesses said the victors dragged vanquished gunmen from the building and executed them in the street.
The capture of the Preventive Security headquarters was a major step forward in Hamas’ attempts to complete its takeover of all of Gaza.
The moderate President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, for the first time in five days of fierce fighting, ordered his elite presidential guard to strike back. But his forces were crumbling fast under the onslaught by the better-armed and better-disciplined Islamic fighters.
Fatah officials said seven of their fighters were shot to death in the street outside Preventive Security. A witness, Jihad Abu Ayad, said the men were being killed before their wives and children.
“They are executing them one by one,” Abu Ayad said. “They are carrying one of them on their shoulders, putting him on a sand dune, turning him around and shooting.”
Some of the Hamas fighters kneeled down outside the building, touching their foreheads to the ground in prayer. Others led Fatah fighters out of the building, some of them shirtless or in their underwear, holding their arms in the air. Several of the Fatah men flinched as the crack of gunfire split the air.
“We are telling our people that the past era has ended and will not return, ” Islam Shahawan, a spokesman for Hamas’ militia, told Hamas radio. “The era of justice and Islamic rule have arrived.”
Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, heralded what he called “Gaza’s second liberation,” after Israel’s 2005 evacuation of the coastal strip.
Hamas says it will reject foreign forces sent into Gaza.
Hamas militants take a vehicle and weapons from the headquarters of the security forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas after blowing them up in the southern Gaza strip June 13, 2007. Hamas Islamist fighters appeared in command of much of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after battering forces loyal to Western-backed Abbas. (REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)