Hamas crackdown on radical group
The Hamas organisation that controls Gaza has launched a bloody
crackdown on a radical Islamist group after it declared Gaza an "Islamic
emirate".At least 16 people died and scores were injured when Hamas
fighters attacked the Jund Ansar Allah group in a mosque in Rafah, near
the Egypt border.Hamas also stormed the house of its leader, the cleric
Abdul-Latif Moussa, but his fate is not known.A Hamas spokesman said
that group members must hand themselves in.The fighting lasted seven
hours and ended at about midnight.
Six Hamas fighters and one civilian died, the rest of those killed
were among the Jund Ansar Allah.
About 120 people were injured, with some in a critical condition, the
BBC's Rushdi Abu Alouf says.The Hamas spokesman, Taher al-Nono, said:
"We hold Abdul-Latif Moussa and his followers fully responsible for what
happened because of his hasty declaration during Friday prayers of a
so-called 'Islamic Emirate'.The Jund Ansar Allah (Army of the Helpers of
God) is thought to be linked to al-Qaeda.Mr Nono said: "Anyone who
belongs to this group has to immediately hand himself and his weapons
over to the Palestinian police and security forces." Another Hamas
official, Sami Abu Zuhri, branded the cleric's speech "wrong thinking".