Palestinians criticize raids despite unite response to 'occupation'

Fatah police loyal to Palestinian President Abbas attacked Hamas houses in a deadly raid, killing four activists an done civilian in Qalqilya.

Palestinians criticize raids despite unite response to 'occupation'
"You are a traitor," grieving mother Um Mohammad Atiyyeh shouted at a Palestinian security man guarding the house where her son, a Hamas member, was shot dead in a fire-fight in the occupied West Bank city of Qalqilya.

Secular Fatah police loyal to Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attacked Hamas houses in a deadly raid, killing four activists an done civilian in Qalqilya.

"We are executing orders," the man said in response.

Ihab al-Dalo, a 31-year-old Palestinian labourer who works in Israel, feared more fighting to come because, he said, both sides appeared to be digging in.
Other residents sided with Um Mohammad Atiyyeh.

"We are fighting each other instead of fighting the occupation" said Zeina Nazzal, a 29-year-old accountant who described herself as a Fatah loyalist.

"This is a scandal. Palestinian people are killing each other for nothing," added Rida Odeh, a 50-year-old merchant.

Other residents said they felt besieged by all sides.

"At night we have the Israeli soldiers and during the day we see this," said Ahmad Silmi, pointing to Abbas's men, many of whom have had U.S. and European funded training.

Reuters
Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Haziran 2009, 18:31
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