GAZA, May 31 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian Hamas
movement on Sunday said it studies to suspend participation in inter-Palestinian
dialogue following the killing of its two members by security forces of
president Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.
"We are now studying the suspension of our
participation in the Cairo-hosted dialogue as part of the response to the
assassination of two holy fighters in Qalqilya city in the West Bank," Salah
al-Bardaweel, a Hamas spokesman, told reporters in Gaza.
Three policemen and a civilian were also killed in
the armed clashes which broke off early Sunday between the two Hamas gunmen and
the security forces.
Al-Bardaweel reiterated that what happened was "a
plot the Palestinian (National) Authority (PNA) and Israel planned to end the
resistance and uproot Hamas," in the West Bank, ruled by Abbas' Fatah party.
Since Hamas routed pro-Abbas forces and seized
control of Gaza in 2007, the two sides clamped down against their political
opponents, Hamas supporters in the West Bank and Fatah members in Gaza.
However, the shootout in Qalqilya was the deadliest
The tension comes as Palestinian factions are
initially scheduled to sign a reconciliation deal in Cairo on July 7. Prior to
this, Egypt would continue sponsoring efforts to bridge the gaps between Hamas
and Fatah that are still failing to agree on a unity government.
Fatah, Hamas trade accusations over W
31 (Xinhua) -- Rival Fatah and Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) on Sunday
traded accusations over armed clashes in the West Bank city of Qalqilya that
killed six people.
Witnesses told Xinhua that three security forces loyal to
President Mahmoud Abbas, two Hamas militants and the owner of a building in
which the Hamas gunmen took refuge, were killed in the gunbattle that lasted for
nine hours. Full story
Fatah says 16 members arrested by
Hamas in Gaza
GAZA, May 31
(Xinhua) -- Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Fatah movement's armed wing, accused Hamas
security forces on Sunday of arresting 16 Fatah members in the Gaza Strip.
The group said in a leaflet that security forces with the
deposed government of Hamas in Gaza had carried out a large campaign of arrests
of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades members. Full story
Hamas says Abbas forces attack in W
Bank "high treason"
31 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Gaza on Sunday slammed
Palestinian security forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas over armed clashes
with its militants in the West Bank city of Qalqilya.
Ihab al-Ghussein, Interior Ministry spokesman for the
deposed Hamas government in Gaza, said in a statement that "the security forces
attack in Qalqilya is a real high treason." Full story
Hamas holds Abbas responsible for West
GAZA, May 31
(Xinhua) -- The Islamic Hamas movement on Sunday blamed Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah party for the killing of two Hamas militants during
a gun battle in the West Bank.
Three Palestinian policemen and the owner of the house
where the Hamas militants were based also died in the fierce clashes in Qalqilya
city early Sunday, witnesses and security sources said. Full story