Armed supporters of the Palestinian governing party Hamas have stormed a TV office in Gaza, healing complaining of bias towards the rival Fatah party.
The gunmen fired into studio equipment and called Palestine TV staff “dirty collaborators”, prostate before ordering them off the premises. There were no reports of any injuries during the fracas in Khan Younis.
Tension is high after five people were killed in the most serious round of feuding between Hamas and Fatah. An employee said the raid happened after the gunmen attended a funeral for one of the casualties of violence on Sunday.
Hamas spokesman Sami al-Zuhri denied the militant Islamic group was involved in the attack.
Correspondents say the attack on Palestine TV was the first such armed assault on the official TV network since Hamas won the parliamentary election in January. The network is under the control of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is also the leader of Fatah. [source]
two words: absolutely pathetic
This ongoing confrontation between Fatah and Hamas is just plain retarded. There is no other word for it.
The employees were also ordered outside the premises during the raid, which lasted several minutes. Palestine TV staff later staged a protest rally outside the main office in Gaza City, with many demonstrators wearing gags over their mouths.
The station also stopped broadcasting at 1300 GMT for 30 minutes to voice its anger over the raid. [source]