These updates are like orange juice: breakfast without them is like a day without sunshine.
Fatah activists say troops from the rival Palestinian movement Hamas broke up a Fatah gathering in the Gaza Strip, beating participants.
It was the most violent clash in months between Fatah and the Islamic militant Hamas, which seized Gaza from Fatah’s leader, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in 2007.
The incident signaled continued hostility between Hamas and Fatah despite reconciliation attempts. It also suggested Hamas is on edge as it struggles to survive an Egyptian border closure.
“A group of Fatah supporters organized an activity in Khan Younis without contacting police for approval, and that is a breach of the law and obvious attempt to bring security chaos back,” said Hamas official al-Bozoum.
Al-Bozoum further highlighted that Fatah supporters had “attacked police officers who arrived to enforce the law,” Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported,
Fatah spokesman Hassan Ahmed says Hamas security beat and briefly detained participants “for no reason” during the ceremony, which was held to commemorate “martyrs who fell during the Intifada.”
To be fair to Hamass, it’s hard to tell with these people between solemn ceremonies and deranged riots. BTW, I think Al Bozoum would make a great porn name.
The groups have made multiple failed attempts at reconciliation for years, Ma’an reported, most recently in 2012, when they signed two yet-unimplemented agreements in Cairo and Doha.
I started a drinking game based on taking a shot every time Fatah and Hamass held “unity” talks. I’ve lost my family, my job, my house, and currently live in a van down by the river.