Sunday, June 10, 2007

They've got flair! They've got style!

Hamas, I mean:

Muhammad Sawirki, a 24-year-old officer in the Palestinian Authority's Force 17 "Presidential Guard," died Sunday when he was thrown from the 18th floor of a Gaza City building.

PA security officials said Sawirki and another officer were kidnapped earlier in the day by members of Hamas's paramilitary Executive Force.

The two were taken to the Ghafari Tower, where the Hamas militiamen handcuffed Sawirki and threw him from the highest building in Gaza City, the officials said.

Following the incident, fierce fighting erupted between Hamas and Fatah militiamen, delaying the evacuation of Sawirki's body. Two passersby, an elderly woman and her daughter, managed to drag the body to a secure place before an ambulance took it away.

One person was killed and 12 were wounded in the fighting.

Kidnapping officers from the Presidential Guard AND heaving one off the 18th floor -- now THAT'S chutzpah.

By contrast, Fatah is quite unimaginative -- and ineffectual.

Gunmen opened fire overnight Sunday on the house of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, in the Shati refugee camp next to Gaza City, security officials said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

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