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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Hamas sacks 1000 security forces in Gaza

Palestine Press reports that the Hamas interior ministry has fired 1000 employees of its security forces, including 300 officers.

Those who are being downsized are those who are not members of Hamas itself. Interior minister Fathi Hammad made the decision personally.

This is coming a few months after Hamas was having problems meeting its payroll.

Meanwhile, Ramez Ismail al-Halabi, who was released 8 months ago after 11 years in Israeli prison, was in turn arrested by Hamas yesterday, right after returning from his Hajj in Mecca. Halabi had been critical of Hamas' efforts to enforce a cease fire with Israel, so, naturally, he had to be arrested.