Sunday, May 07, 2006

Israel Thwarts Assassination Attempt on Abbas

Yes, you've read that headline right. Israel managed to tip off and thwart an assassination attempt on Fatah leader Abbas (aka Abu Mazen).
A Hamas plot to assassinate Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has been thwarted after he was tipped off by Israeli intelligence.

Hamas’s military wing, the Izza Din Al-Qassem, had planned to kill Abbas at his office in Gaza, intelligence sources said.

Abbas, who became president of the Palestinian Authority last year after the death of Yasser Arafat, was formally warned of the danger by the Israelis and cancelled a planned visit to the territory.

The murder plan is the clearest sign yet of the tensions inside the Palestinian Authority between Hamas, which swept to power after elections in January, and Abbas’s Fatah movement.
That's not just tensions between Hamas and Fatah, but yet another sign that we're dealing with a civil war between Hamas and Fatah. It's somethign I've been saying for some time now, and this is yet more evidence that Hamas is getting more brazen in its actions.

Hyscience notes that both Hamas and Fatah have their own security forces. I'd say that both have their own militias, stocked with terrorists and thugs.

Hot Air has more.

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