PHRMG denounces the Violent Clashes in the
Black Sunday, October 1st saw the outbreak of
bloody clashes, which lasted for 2 days, between the 2 factions, Fatah and Hamas, in which 14
Palestinians were killed and tens injured.
Clashes were sparked off when Hamas
security forces tried to disperse Fatah-affiliated
security forces that had been protesting in the Strip for the last week.
Intending to send a message that Hamas
would no longer allow unruliness from the security forces in the Strip as part
of their attempt to weaken the government, Palestinian Interior Minister, SaiídSeyam, ordered the
deployment of the Hamas executive security forces
whereby a heavy exchange of fire ensued.
Seeking confrontation, Hamas
forces also attacked the house of one of the Preventive Security officers.
In revenge several Hamas offices
including the prime ministerís in Ramallah were
assaulted by Fatah supporters.
Recognizing the harmful repercussions of his order to deploy
Hamas security forces, Minister SaiídSeyam called off the Hamas
fighters, close to Sunday.
Yesterday, in protest of the bloody incidents instigated by Hamas, a commercial strike was observed in the Strip and
the West Bank effectively causing tensions to wane, Monday, especially in Gaza;
though clashes resumed in the different cities of the West Bank: Bethlehem, Salfit, Jenin and Jericho where Fatah obviously enjoys a larger base and where some Hamas offices were attacked and set on fire.
an attempt to close a restaurant, a stray bullet hit a waiter in the head
killing him clinically.
In another incident in
Nablus, angry Hamas
fighters opened fire on the house of Al Jazeera and Reuters reporter, HassanTiti in protest of his seemingly biased report on the
clashes between Hamas and Fatah.†
who was in Jordan, called on Fatah to call off strikes and
demonstrations, and on Hamas fighters to return to
Though both parties traded blames, they also confirmed their
willingness to continue with the dialogue aiming at setting up a unity
government, in an attempt to extricate the Palestinian people out of this
PHRMG vehemently condemns the bloody incidents in the
Palestinian Territory and calls on the warring factions to exercise restraint
and to resort to dialogue, as these bloody incidents serve no purpose except
bringing the Palestinian people more harm and disintegration, at a time when
unity is of the utmost urgency.