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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Quick PalArab news roundup

Another member of the Doghmush family died from his wounds in the Hamas raid two nights ago. The 2008 PalArab self-death count is at 180.

As far as I know, this was the last major militant clan in Gaza, sort of aligned with the Army of Islam, and right now Hamas is cooperating with Islamic Jihad and the PRC (and, to a lesser extent, Al Aqsa.) There is no credible threat to Hamas' power at the moment in Gaza.

Civil service workers in Gaza plan to strike on Sunday in solidarity with striking teachers and doctors. Unlike the doctors' strike, the civil service strikes seem to be purely politically motivated and a last-gasp power play by Fatah.

Hamas leaders plan to meet with the Egyptian Minister of Intelligence in the next month.

Israel is today resuming its shipments of food and supplies to Gaza after suspending it in reaction to the Qassam attack over the weekend.

A new poll in Gaza finds that 48% of Gazans would like to emigrate and 55% feel that they are less safe after Hamas' coup than they were before.

Studies at al-Azhar University in Gaza were suspended today; no reason given.