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Hamas, Fatah exchange accusations in Khan Younis
Published Sunday 09/03/2014 (updated) 11/03/2014 10:28
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Gaza Strip ministry of interior responded on Sunday to reports of police brutality against a Fatah event in the Hamas-run coastal enclave by accusing activists of holding the ceremony unlicensed, stressing that "nobody can be above the law."

"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 Iyad al-Buzm.

Al-Buzm said that Fatah supporters had "attacked police officers who arrived to enforce the law."

The comments came in response to officials from the rival Fatah movement, who accused police of assaulting Fatah supporters during an activity in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday evening.

A spokesperson for the Fatah movement accused the Hamas-affiliated security services in Gaza of detaining dozens of Fatah supporters "for no reason" during the ceremony, which was held to commemorate "martyrs who fell during the Intifada."

Spokesman for the interior ministry Islam Shahwan, however, said that "around 20 people were detained and later released after signing a document not to take part in unauthorized meetings."

A public information officer in the ministry of interior said that event was organized without consulting police for approval.

The accusations signal a potential slow-down in the national reconciliation process between the two rival Palestinian political parties, who have been working publicly towards rapprochement in recent months.

The parties have been on cold terms since 2006, when Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections.

In the following year, clashes erupted between Fatah and Hamas, leaving Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of the West Bank.

The groups have made failed attempts at national reconciliation for years, most recently in 2012, when they signed two agreements -- one in Cairo and a subsequent one in Doha -- which have as of yet been entirely unimplemented.
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1 ) When wil the BLOODSHED / between BROTHERS
09/03/2014 12:20
stop? Why are they fighting? WHere is the UNITY? so sad!

2 ) Good / News
09/03/2014 14:13
Good news. Both - Hamas and Fatah are terrorist organizations and should be treated accordingly.

3 ) Mel / USA
09/03/2014 18:10
Stop your factional bitching & trying to get street-cred for election votes,by using previous martyrs as an excuse,when there are STILL 2 MILLION LIVING MARTYRS in Gaza,enduring the same Zionist bombs,bullets,gas,persecution, that murdered previous martyrs.UNITE for the living martyrs! Don't even bother flexing factional muscle if you haven't got the courage & gonads to unite nationally! Don't be factional pawns,when ALL YOUR FAMILIES are LIVING martyrs,in pain! UNITE NATIONALLY!
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