Enraged Fatah supporters seek revenge following Hamas’s takeover of the Gaza Strip.
The images appear to show Hamas fighters laughing as one seems to say “This is for Abu Mazen and the next one is for the Preventative Security.”
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Abu Mazen is the name by which the Palestinian president is also known.
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On Wednesday, Abbas said Hamas replaced the “national project” with “its project of darkness”, attacking the symbols of government in Gaza, including the house of the late leader Yasser Arafat.
The televised speech was Abbas’s toughest since he fired the Hamas-led cabinet and replaced it with his own team of Fatah supporters and experts over the weekend.
“Our main goal is to prevent sedition from spreading to the West Bank, … to prevent violations by any party, and to deal [with everyone] equally, based on law,” Abbas said.
He accused Hamas of trying to set up its own state in Gaza alone, a step he said would scuttle Palestinian hopes for independence.
He said he had tried to prevent the conflict through “continuous dialogue”. Instead, “we are seeing assassination of leaders of Palestinian security and Fatah in Gaza”.
“It’s a fight between the national project and this small kingdom they want to establish in Gaza, the kingdom of Gaza, between those who are using assassination and killing to achieve their goals, and those who are using the rules of law.”
Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, rejected Abbas’s statements.
“What he said was disgusting and not appropriate for the Palestinian president,” the Hamas official said.
|Thousands of Hamas supporters demonstrated
against Abbas on Wednesday[AFP]
Ayman Taha, another Hamas official, told AFP that the speech was “a joke, contains a lot of contradictory statements, is misleading and a pack of lies”.
Not long after Abbas’s speech, Hamas backers on the streets of Gaza city denounced him as an agent of Israel and the US.
Thousands of people chanted anti-Abbas slogans and rallied in support of the Hamas movement. They also burned US and Israeli flags, and pictures of Abbas and Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state.