PA Chairman Abbas escapes assassination

Sunday, January 28, 2007 |  by Staff Writer  

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas escaped an assassination attempt after four explosive devices were uncovered by Abbas' security officers on the road leading from the Erez crossing to Gaza.

Abbas returned to Ramallah while the explosives were detonated by sappers.

Abbas was set to meet with Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh to discuss establishing a national unity government.

Meanwhile, clashes between Hamas and Fatah factions broke out over the weekend, leaving 25 dead, including a 6-year-old Palestinian boy.

According to a public opinion poll, more than half of the Palestinian population believes civil war has begun. Fatah members accused Hamas of declaring a "public war" on them and vowed to avenge the deaths of their colleagues. They said Hamas snipers were using mosque rooftops to fire at Fatah members.

“The renewed fighting between Fatah and Hamas is a real national tragedy for the Palestinians,” said Independent Legislator Rawya Shawwa. “They have crossed all red lines by storming homes and killing and terrorizing women and children. Palestinians here are living in a state of panic and despair.”

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