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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Hamas, PA forces battle; 6 dead

From Ma'an:
Six Palestinians were killed on Sunday morning in clashes between Palestinian Authority security services and gunmen affiliated to Hamas in the northern West Bank city of Qalqiliya.

According to the medics, three security officers and two Hamas fighters were killed, in addition to the owner of the building where the Hamas men had stationed themselves.
A couple of observations:

The PA police are incredibly incompetent, even after months of US-backed training, to lose three policemen in a gun battle with only a handful of Hamas terrorists.

While the PA has all but given up on controlling Gaza again, Hamas has clearly not given up on controlling the West Bank. One must look at the "unity talks" in that context.

When Ma'an talks about PA officers killing Hamas terrorists, they are "killed." When the IDF kills a single Hamas member while trying to arrest him, it is an "assassination."

In other Hamas/Fatah news, Hamas arrested a Fatah-leaning reporter in Khan Younis. These arrests have been increasing on both sides, with each side accusing the other of torture.

Together with a four-year old boy who was killed by "his father's weapon," the 2009 PalArab self-death count rises to 92.