Saturday, January 31, 2009

What Is Happening In Gaza Today

US Middle East envoy George Mitchell arrived in the region this week to shore up the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and try to get the peace process back on track. But infighting among Palestinian leaders adds another wrinkle to an already difficult task. (Tara Todras-Whitehill/AP)

Dozens Believed Dead In Reprisal Attacks As Hamas Retakes Control -- The Guardian

Suspected collaborators shot during and after war
Escaped criminals killed by relatives of their victims

Evidence is emerging of a wave of reprisal attacks and killings inside Gaza that have left dozens dead and more wounded in the wake of Israel's war.

Among the dead are Palestinians suspected of collaborating with the Israeli military. Others include criminals who were among the 600 prisoners to escape from Gaza City's main jail when it was bombed as the war began. Their attackers are thought to be their victims' relatives.

During and after the war, there have also been attacks on security officials from Fatah, the bitter rival of Hamas, the Islamist movement in control of the Gaza Strip. One witness told the Guardian how her brother, a Fatah military intelligence officer, was shot three times in the legs in an apparent punishment attack by gunmen from Hamas's armed wing.

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More News On Gaza, Hamas, And Fatah

Hamas is accused of turning its weapons on rivals in Gaza -- McClatchy Nespapers
Senior Hamas leader in first showing since Gaza war -- Reuters
Top Hamas official declares victory over Israel in Gaza rally -- Jerusalem Post
Hamas official declare victory in Gaza rallies -- AP
Hamas wants new leadership for Palestinians -- Reuters
Hamas dispenses politics along with aid to Gazans -- Yahoo News/AP
Aid trucks stranded at Egypt's Gaza border -- WTOP/AP
Gaza's economy in tatters, can it be rebuilt? -- Yahoo News/AP
Egypt to host Gaza reconstruction forum March 2 -- AFP
Thousands of al-Qaeda supporters active in Gaza -- YNET News
Hamas officials signal willingness to negotiate -- Yahoo News/AP

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