With Hamas trying to keep the peace — in yet another attempt to show itself as a moderate group with whom the West should play ball.
“Palestinian gunmen clash in Gaza,” by Ali Waked for Ynet, October 10 (thanks to James):
Exchanges of fire have been reported Saturday in a Gaza neighborhood between members of Army of Islam and gunmen belonging to an al-Qaeda-affiliated group….
The shootout reportedly included the firing of at least five mortar shells. Meanwhile, Hamas forces rushed to the scene and surrounded the site of the battle.
On August 14th, Hamas members clashed with loyalists of a Salafi organization associated with al-Qaeda in the Strip. Hamas forces surrounded a mosque in Rafah after the Salafi group’s sheikh declared that the Gaza Strip is an Islamic Emirate and that his followers belong to al-Qaeda and are loyal to Osama Bin-Laden. The sheikh was killed in the subsequent firefights….