The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, told leaders of his Fatah movement that a collapse of the unity government with Hamas would lead to further chaos. “The alternative to the national unity government is chaos and loss,” he said, according to the Palestinian daily Al Ayyam. He promised that “Fatah will not be the trigger to ignite the fire, but it will work to extinguish the fire.”
In Gaza, however, dozens of Palestinian doctors walked off their jobs and held a rally today to protest the kidnapping and shooting of a doctor with Hamas connections, Dr. Fouad al-Barawi. He was taken on Thursday by forces affiliated with Fatah, beaten, blindfolded, handcuffed and kneecapped — shot at least five times in the legs, then dumped in the street. He works at Beit Hanun hospital in northern Gaza and his case has received significant attention in the Palestinian media, causing Fatah to issue a denial of its involvement in his shooting.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
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