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Fatah launches proxy war against Hamas

Hamas has earlier demanded that the clan-based Army of Islam group releases the kidnapped BBC journalist Alan Johnston or face attack on Monday. Hamas, however, did not attack the kidnappers’ clan, but claimed that Fatah urged them to hold onto Johnston to rob Hamas of an important public relations’ achievement.
Army of Islam vowed to kill Johnston if its financial and political demands are not met. The move came amid Hamas’ holding two of the clan members hostage and suggest that Army of Islam received backing to counter Hamas. Though such backing can also come from Israel and Egypt in the effort to uproot Hamas, Fatah is the most likely force behind the Army of Islam belligerent move. Army of Islam can mobilize several hundred armed members, comparable to the numbers of Hamas fighters who actively participated in the takeover of Gaza.

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