Hamas stormed remaining strongholds of his secular Fatah group in the Gaz Strip on Thursday, finally seizing the presidential compound, the last bastion of Abbas's authority in the coastal territory.
Jubilant Hamas gunmen hunted Fatah loyalists, killing some and parading one top figure's mutilated body through the streets. "Allahu akbar! (God is Greatest!)," one gunman chanted through a megaphone from a captured Fatah security headquarters.
Medics said at least 30 people were killed on Thursday, taking the death toll to more than 110 in six days of conflict which leaves an aggressive Islamist entity on Israel's borders.
Aw, how sweet! Now they worry...
After the rout at the Preventive Security headquarters, some of the Hamas fighters kneeled outside, touching their foreheads to the ground in prayer. Others led Fatah gunmen out of the building, some shirtless or in their underwear, holding their arms in the air...
A witness, who identified himself only as Amjad, said men were killed as their wives and children watched.
"They are executing them one by one," Amjad said in a telephone interview, declining to give his full name for fear of reprisals. "They are carrying one of them on their shoulders, putting him on a sand dune, turning him around and shooting."
Fatah officials said Hamas shot and killed seven of its fighters outside the Preventive Security building. A doctor at Shifa Hospital, said he examined two bodies that had been shot in the head at close range.
The Roadkill Diaries comments:
When they say "cycle of violence", it means Pallie attacking Jew.
When they say "senseless violence", it means Pallie attacking Pallie.
Victor David Hanson:
....a culture that canonizes suicide bombers forgets that once they banish the rules of civilization there is no reason why such savagery would not be turned on themselves.
Roger Simon, on the Palestinians:
Left to their own devices, they have turned Gaza into the charnel house of charnel houses.
....But if I were a believer, I'd be thanking God right now I wasn't born in Gaza, because I think the Palestinians there are about ready to experience a Hell the likes of which even they have never dreamed about.
James Taranto directs us to the editorial pages of the Boston Globe, and guess whom they blame:
The Hamas campaign to eradicate Fatah from Gaza is certainly not the sole cause of Gazans' misery. They long suffered from Israel's suffocating occupation, and then from Ariel Sharon's foolishly unilateral withdrawal in 2005, a move that allowed Hamas to bid for power with the misleading claim that its rockets and suicide bombings had driven Israeli soldiers and settlers out of Gaza.
And I'll note how the Globe constantly urged Israel to withdraw from Gaza, and how they constantly urge the Democrats on in their quest to have America vacate Iraq. What will happen in Iraq if the Boston Globe and Harry Pelosi's Democrats get their way, and we flee from Iraq?
Bloodshed the likes of which will make Gaza seem like a picnic, as al-Qaeda uses misleading claim that its rockets and suicide bombings had driven American soldiers out of Baghdad....
Being a journalist, like being a Palestinian, means never having to say your're sorry....
UPDATE: Reuters paints a picture of Roger Simon's hell:
Hamas Islamist fighters and looters ransacked the blood-spattered Palestinian presidential compound in Gaza on Friday, rejoicing at the rout of their well-armed, secular rivals
...neighbors near the compound were uncertain...."I am really sad. It looks like Somalia to me."
Well buddy, despite what the folks at the Boston Globe might say, you had it coming. You get what you voted for...