Palestinian Hamas gunmen ambushed what the Islamist group said was a convoy carrying weapons to Mahmoud Abbas’ presidential guard unit in the Gaza Strip on Thursday and six people were killed, local residents said.More than 70 people were injured and 15 more were kidnapped in the ensuing clashes.
Abbas’ Fatah faction said the four-truck convoy, which crossed into Gaza from Israel, was carrying medical equipment and tents, and accused Hamas of plunging a 3-day-old ceasefire into grave danger.
Read the rest here. I love that last line about Fatah accusing “Hamas of plunging a 3-day-ceasefire into grave danger.” It seems to me that, when your troops have killed six people, injured 70, and kidnapped 15, the cease fire isn’t merely in danger, it’s dead and gone.
A couple of observations. First, this instantaneous ceasefire collapse may give some indication about the reasons behind the myraid ceasefire failures with Israel. This is a cultural thing. If I remember my Koran correctly, it’s not considered bad faith to enter into a ceasefire that you have no intention of observing for any longer than the time you need to regroup for a new attack. (It’s called a hudna; read about it here.)
Second, the ceasefire cycle that’s emerging in the Palestinian Civil War hasn’t kept the Palestinians from taking their eye off the ball. Today’s news shows that the Palestinians are still attacking Israel with vigor:
Three Qassam rockets fired at Israel from the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday night landed in open fields in the western Negev, police said.
One of the rockets landed near the cemetery in Sderot, but no injuries or damage were reported in any of the incidents.
The Islamic Jihad’s military wing, al-Quds Brigades, claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Incidentally, you’ll noticed that I used the phrase “Civil War.” Am I missing something or is it a fact that, while the MSM has been chomping at the bit to call sporadic sectarian violence in Iraq a Civil War, no war has seen fit to acknowledge that the ongoing warfare amongst Palestinians is in fact, an out-and-out Civil War. Could this silence have to do with the fact that neither the United States nor Israel can be held accountable for the internecine bloodshed? I’m just asking questions here, mind you, not giving answers.