Tuesday, October 03, 2006

al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades threatens to kill Hamas leaders.

Middle East: I got no dog in this fight, just a whole bunch of popcorn with butter.

GAZA (Reuters) - The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction, threatened for the first time on Tuesday to kill Hamas leaders, including exiled political chief Khaled Meshaal. The threat marked an escalation in the power struggle between Fatah and the ruling Hamas movement after two days of internal fighting in the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank in which 12 Palestinians were killed and more than 100 wounded. In a statement sent to Reuters, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades said it held Meshaal, Palestinian Interior Minister Saeed Seyam and senior Interior Ministry official Youssef al-Zahar responsible for the deaths. "We in al-Aqsa announce, with all might and frankness, the ruling of the people in the homeland and in the diaspora, to execute the head of the sedition, Khaled Meshaal, Saeed Seyam and Youssef al-Zahar, and we will execute this ruling so those filthy people can be made an example," the statement said. Meshaal is based in Damascus, while Seyam and al-Zahar are in the Gaza Strip. Hamas legislator Mushir al-Masri said al-Aqsa was "pouring oil on the fire" between the rival groups. He said Hamas would "not show mercy" if any of its leaders were targeted by what he called "the leaders of the internal coup."

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