Hamas: Guns on streets dangerous

The new Palestinian prime minister has ordered all gunmen and security forces off the streets in the Gaza Strip, and said that recent gun battles were dangerous.

    Haniyeh wants to develop a culture of "law and order"

    Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas government that now controls the Palestinian security forces, said the order was aimed at easing tension.

    Gun battles between police and militants began on Friday after the assassination of a leading member of the Popular Resistance Committees militant group.

    Three people have died in the violence so far.

    Israel denies any involvement in the car bombing that killed Abu Youssef al-Quqa and the PRC has accused Palestinian security forces of helping Israel to carry out the killing.

    Haniyeh said: "What happened was dangerous and must not be repeated.

     

    "The culture that dominated the Palestinian street in past years is a culture that needs time in order to turn into a culture that keeps law and order and does not resort to using arms under any condition."

    The PRC said it had agreed to follow Haniyeh's call.

    Israeli bombings

    Elsewhere in Gaza on Saturday, Israeli artillery bombarded a  unilaterally enforced no-go zone in the northern Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants launched three rockets overnight, an army spokeswoman said.


    A Palestinian security source said that Israeli fighter-bombers  had also attacked a Gaza City football stadium overnight, as well as a public park. The reason for the  attacks was unknown.

    Asked about the bombings, another Israeli military spokesman said: "We are deliberately attacking uninhabited sectors so as  to spare the civilian population as much as possible.

    "We want to give the Palestinians a clear warning that we will  not accept the continued launching of Katyusha or Qassam rockets at  our territory."

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    What draws Kenyan women to join al-Shabab and what challenges are they facing when they return to their communities?