The PA’s New Unity Government…….

‘Today’s Palestinian government is not only a Hamas government, but the government of all Palestinian people’ ; Palestinian information minister-designate, Dr Mustafa Barghouti.

Eh…….not so fast Barghouti.

Despite the formation of a Palestinian Authority unity government, a PA Intelligence officer affiliated with Fatah was shot and killed Friday morning in the village of Deir el-Balah, in the Gaza Strip.

Israel Radio reported that armed Palestinians, whose identities were unknown, stopped the vehicle in which two PA Intelligence officers were driving. After a brief argument with the gunmen, both officers were dragged out of the car and shot.

The second officer was seriously wounded in the attack, which came just one day before the newly-formed PA government was set to be sworn in at the Palestinian parliament. The PA Military Intelligence is affiliated with Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and many of its members have been involved in clashes with Hamas in the recent infighting.

Earlier this week, Palestinian gunmen from Hamas and Fatah exchanged fire in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, killing a local Hamas leader and wounding seven people in the most serious flare up of violence since the power-sharing deal was struck last month.”

Update: In a severe case of biting the hands that feed, Palestinian gunmen try to kidnap UN refugee mission chief in Gaza. More here. *L* KGS

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