Jun 20, 2007

Boat Loads Of New U.S. Toys For Hamas

Hamas [has] seized control of large caches of U.S. weapons, including eight American armored personnel carriers provided to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, according to Hamas leaders and Fatah sources.

While the U.S. in recent months reportedly transferred large quantities of weapons to Fatah in Gaza, Hamas has won most [if not all] gun battles against the U.S.-backed militias. One Palestinian security [said] Fatah fighters today were "crying all day into their radios asking to be evacuated."

Hamas seized stockpiles of U.S. weapons when they took control of Fatah headquarters.[Hamas] also took possession of eight American armored personnel carriers provided to Abbas' Fatah party the last few years.

The U.S. had the past year given large quantities of weapons to bolster Fatah in clashes against Hamas. Hamas officials [have repeatedly said] they would seize any American weaponry provided to Fatah in Gaza. [and so they now have!]

Washington [has recently] sent diplomatic messages to the Palestinians that if aid were requested, the U.S. would bolster the Fatah organization in clashes against Hamas, including providing Fatah's Force 17 with weapons. Force 17 serve as de facto police officers in Gaza [(not any more!)] and the West Bank.

The last confirmed U.S. weapons transfer to Force 17 took place in May 2006 and consisted of 3,000 assault rifles, but multiple other later transfers were delivered to Fatah [according to unconfirmed reports], including a cache of 7,000 rifles in January and about 8,000 assault rifles in February.

Abbas [recently] petitioned Israel to allow more weapons and munitions – including assault rifles provided by the U.S. – to reach his fighters in the Gaza Strip to bolster them against Hamas, according to diplomatic sources.

[T]he weapons shipments awaiting Fatah include more than 1,000 American assault rifles and 1 million rounds of ammunition provided by the U.S. and coordinated by Keith Dayton, the U.S. security director for the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
-Hacked Excerpts From WND

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