Intelligence chief injured in Gaza Strip blast

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first_img“I am not going to pour fuel on the fire, but at the same time I warn that playing with fire will burn the hands of those who are doing it,” he said. Some Fatah members called on Abbas to dissolve the Hamas government and call an early election. Abbas called the blast “unfortunate” and said it posed a “grave danger” to the Palestinian Authority. He also promised to open a dialogue with Hamas leaders within five days to end violence. “There is a crisis. We have to look for a solution,” he told reporters at a news conference on the fringe of the World Economic Forum in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik. A group calling itself the Fatah Protection Unit also demanded that Hamas disband its militia within three days. If the militia is not dismantled, “we are ready to deploy our men and our fighters in the streets … to protect Fatah men and all of Palestinian society,” the statement said. Moheeb Alnawati, a political analyst from Gaza, said he expected more incidents like Saturday’s. “We are heading toward a wide confrontation between Fatah and Hamas. It does not have to be civil war, but a broad confrontation that could spread to the West Bank,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsIt was the latest incident to strain relations between the rival Palestinian factions in Gaza. Hamas ordered its newly formed 3,000-strong militia to take to the streets this week in blatant disregard for opposition by Abbas, who has official control of the Palestinian security forces. The new Hamas militia and Fatah-run security forces have been in a tense standoff the past few days, evidenced by street gunfights that some analysts say may be the beginning of a broader civil war. Abu Rajab’s deputy, Tawfiq Tirawi, was quick to point out at a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah that Hamas had been behind the previous attempt to kill his boss, a senior official in Fatah. Asked whether Hamas also was responsible for Saturday’s attack, Tirawi said: “Everything is possible. I don’t rule anything out for now.” He said the intelligence services had the names of Hamas members responsible for the previous assassination attempt on Abu Rajab. GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – An apparent attempt to assassinate Gaza’s intelligence chief with a bomb planted at his headquarters Saturday heightened tensions between President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction and the Islamic militant group Hamas. Hours after the explosion, Israeli warplanes fired missiles at a car in Gaza City and killed Mohammed Dadouh, top military commander of the small militant group Islamic Jihad, Palestinian officials said. Three others traveling in a car behind Dadouh’s – a mother, her 5-year-old son and the child’s grandmother – also were killed. The army said Dadouh was responsible for firing rockets at Israeli towns. Islamic Jihad vowed to avenge his killing. Abbas’ security forces hinted that Hamas, which controls the Palestinian government, was behind the bomb that seriously wounded Tareq Abu Rajab, the Palestinian intelligence chief and a key ally of the moderate Abbas. last_img

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