We are telling our people that the past era has ended and will not return. The era of justice and Islamic rule has arrived.
– Islam Shahawan
a spokesman for Hamas’ militia, 2007
Oh boy, this is going to be fun. Now it’s only a matter of time before they open a Disneyland clone in Gaza city.
Other interesting notes:
- Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, heralded what he called Gaza’s second liberation, after Israel’s 2005 evacuation of the coastal strip.
- Fatah officials said seven of their fighters were shot dead in the street outside Preventive Security building. A witness, Jihad Abu Ayad, said the men were being killed before their wives and children.
“They are executing them one by one,” Abu Ayad said. “They are carrying one of them on their shoulders, putting him on a sand dune, turning him around and shooting.”
- The rival factions have been engaged in bloody battles since Sunday, resulting in the deaths of at least 70 people. By noon Thursday, at least eight people had been killed. Al-Jazeera TV reported early Thursday afternoon that the death toll had climbed to at least 16.