Monday, May 20, 2013

Hamas Confiscates Rockets from Fatah's Armed Wing

by Khaled Abu Toameh

Aqsa Martyrs Brigade activists arrested while attempting to move rockets, other weaponry between locations in Gaza.

Palestinian gunmen from Al-Aqsa brigades of Fatah
Palestinian gunmen from Al-Aqsa brigades of Fatah  
Photo: REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Hamas has confiscated rockets and other types of weaponry belonging to Fatah's armed wing, Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Palestinian sources revealed Sunday.

The sources told the Fatah-affiliated Palestine Press News Agency that Hamas confiscated 100 rockets and 500 "combat units" when Fatah tried to move them from one location to another in the Gaza Strip.

The sources did not explain what they meant by "combat units."

Hamas security agents arrested four Fatah activists who were caught transferring the weapons, the sources said.  

According to the sources, members of the Islamic Jihad organization intervened to act as mediators between Hamas and Fatah following the confiscation of the weapons and the arrest of the four activists.

Hamas security authorities on Sunday summoned for interrogation three Fatah leaders from the northern Gaza Strip. 

It was not clear whether the three had any connection to the seized weapons.
The three were identified as Ramzi Hawileh, Mohamed al-Musa and Abed Abu Rukba.

Khaled Abu Toameh


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