Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Armed clashes between Fatah and Hamas - in Lebanon

From The Daily Star:

Three people were wounded Monday after a dispute between clerics loyal to the Fatah and Hamas groups in the Al-Buss Palestinian refugee camp turned into armed clashes, the Central News Agency (CNA) reported.

The clerics clashed over who would lead prayers at the camp’s mosque.

Al-Buss lies within the southern port city of Tyre.

The dispute started after Sunday’s iftar with an argument between Sheikh Hussein Qassem Maghreb, the Imam of the mosque, who is loyal to Fatah and members of the mosque’s committee, who are loyal to Hamas.

As the clashes broke out, Lebanese Army troops set a perimeter outside the camp to prevent the fighting from spreading while the Popular Palestinian Committee called for a cease-fire by both parties before organizing a reconciliation meeting.

Abu Mahmoud, a Fatah militant, and Fathi Chahine and Jamal Tahah from Hamas were wounded during the clashes.
To be fair, I've seen some heated arguments over who should lead prayers as well. This is exactly the same thing. Except for the weapons. But that's merely a cultural thing.