Palestinians fear Hamas takeover in 'West Bank'

Thursday, June 25, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Palestinian residents of the "West Bank" town of Kalkilya told America's National Public Radio this week that they fear Hamas will soon repeat its Gaza Strip takeover in their area.

One local official affiliated with the ruling Fatah faction said a large Hamas weapons cache had recently been discovered in Kalkilya, raising fears that yet another civil war was on the horizon.

The official said that Fatah-Hamas reconciliation talks in Cairo are merely a charade, and that Hamas is using the distraction to plan its "West Bank" takeover.

In the summer of 2007, Hamas forces very quickly and effectively defeated the US-trained Fatah-aligned Palestinian Authority paramilitary army in Gaza, seizing absolute control of the coastal territory.

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