Dismissed Palestinian prime minister Ismail Haniya on Saturday named a new police chief after his Hamas movement seized full control of the Gaza Strip in battles with its Fatah rivals.
Tawfiq Jaber was named the new head of police, while Haniya charged Said Fannunah with restructuring the national security service, the main Palestinian security apparatus, his office said.
The move came after the pro-Fatah police chief General Kamal Al Shaikh banned his men in Gaza from cooperating with Hamas, which overran Fatah’s security strongholds across the territory this week.
Haniya had appointed Shaikh as police chief for the Gaza Strip and West Bank only on May 30.
The group seized total control of Gaza on Friday, hours after Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas of Fatah sacked the three-month-old unity government and declared a state of emergency.
Pro-Fatah police in Gaza who refuse to resume work will be sacked, Haniya’s office said, after the Ramallah-based Shaikh ordered them to resist.
‘All those who disobey these orders will have to assume their responsibilities before the law and will be considered as mutineers,’ said Shaikh, who heads the Palestinian Authority police.
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