Fatah elections marred by violence

Sunday, December 04, 2005 | 
Voting in party primaries in Palestinian territories was marred by violence between the rivaling factions. The elections for leadership for the Fatah movement, the party of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, were held across Gaza, Judea and Samaria. The fighting was spurred by mutual accusations that ballots have been forged, and resulted in attacks on several voting stations. In the Hebron area, gunmen took over polling stations, firing in the air, setting ballot boxes on fire and ripping lists of candidates. Dozens of armed activists announced that they refuse to recognize the election results, which they claimed were forged, and demanded the elections be held once again. The tension was high in Rafah, Ramallah, Jenin and Nablus as well. Several Palestinians were wounded during the incidents.

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