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Seventeen people, including four children, died before the factions' leaders announced a cease-fire agreement.
Gazans huddled in their homes to escape the crossfire, which killed a total of 24 people and wounded 245 since fighting erupted on Thursday. Hospital officials said they were running out of blood to treat the wounded.
On Friday afternoon, leaders of Hamas and Fatah said they had agreed in principle to a new cease-fire, but needed more meetings to work out the details of a pullback of forces, who were battling in the streets with mortar shells, rockets and heavy guns. The truce deal -- the second this week -- was announced after a meeting at the Egyptian Embassy.
"We, the leaders of the two groups, agreed with God's help on a cease-fire," said Nizar Rayan, a regional Hamas leader, after the meeting. "The measures that will be taken on the ground will be discussed in the next few hours." A Fatah spokesman, Abdel Hakim Awad, confirmed agreement was reached in principle.
More than 100 Palestinians have been killed in internal violence since Hamas won parliamentary elections last year and formed a Cabinet. In the wake of the election, Hamas established its own militia, as a counterweight to the security forces controlled by Abbas. The forces have fought repeatedly in the streets.
Eh, vitchilo, the current "administrations international relations" is the exact same as it has since the cold war began.
Stop blaming bush for world problems.
What domestic enemies?
I am just shocked there is no outcry by the international community, that a terrorist organization is currently trying to over throw Palestine.
You do realize what will happen if Hammas gains full control right? ... Israel won't have it and I wouldn't blame them.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
RockPuck, it's true what The Pieman is saying, i've seen the reports. It's not anti-west BS, it's anti-Bush administration, and it's reality. Sorry to show that your administration are criminals.
IDF gearing up for large military operation in Gaza
The Israel Defense Forces has accelerated its planning of a possible extended military operation in Gaza. Top military sources said the escalation of internecine violence was liable to extend to anti-Israel violence. They said no operation was slated to take place immediately, but that IDF activity in Gaza - similar to the 2002 Operation Defensive Shield in the West Bank - may become necessary.
The IDF and Shin Bet security service are particularly concerned by the possibility that Hamas will resume suicide bombings or other attacks on Israel, possibly due to accusations that Israel is supporting Fatah, which it is not overtly doing.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
All I have to say to that Pie...
If the Palestinians would NOT respond by attacking with suicide bombers.. then the world would see the crimes of Israel.
The cabal eh. Where is the proof of that?
Umm no, I believe Fatah to conduct terrorist acts, or cowardly military procedures, but I recognize they operate in a political way first.
I am speaking of Hammas. They have one intent... destroy Israel. Don't say they don't... they admit it.. it's what they ran on in the elections.
Fatah is in power?
If Hammas took over, there will be no peace talks at all and increased attacks, more military operations and more deaths. Palestine will suffer greatly. Fatah is a horrible choice to, they are just as corrupt as Hammas.. but at least Israel recognizes them and talks to them
If the Palestinians would NOT respond by attacking with suicide bombers.. then the world would see the crimes of Israel. But, since they believe souly on revenge, they will bomb, then Israel bombs back and the whole cycle begins yet again and Palestine comes out as the bad guy.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
On your side of things sure you see Israel as the big bad bully. My side, we see Palestine for what it is. Angry Arabs blowing civilians up with no regard to life, self indulged terrorist that are so violent none of their neighbors even want them.