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Fatah leader: Pending Gaza executions 'dangerous'

Dec. 11, 2010 4:54 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 14, 2010 11:54 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas' decision to execute three Fatah members accused of killing an imam could have dangerous repercussions, a senior Fatah leader warned Saturday.

Abu Samhadana, a member of its Revolutionary Council, said the decision would rip apart "the already-torn social structure in Palestine," and that the executions would be "the last nail in the coffin of Palestinian reconciliation," in a statement.

The Fatah members are accused of killing Mohammed Rafati, the imam of Al-Abbas Mosque, in Gaza City during bloody clashes between Hamas and Fatah in June 2007 which led to Hamas' takeover of the Strip.

Abu Samhadana said if Hamas insists on convicting Rafati's killers, the Islamist party must also try the killers of Abu Al-Majd Ghareeib, Jamal Abu Al-Jidyan, Abu Hilayyil, Sweirki "and all those who participated in the killing of Fatah leaders when Ismail Haniyeh was prime minister of the national unity government."

The Fatah leader urged Hamas not to open the door to a series of retaliations which he said would destroy what is left of the social structure in a clan-dominated Gaza Strip.

Abu Samhadana said the reconciliation committee, of which he is a member, had agreed that all families who lost members during the fighting would not seek revenge but would end the cycle of violence.

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