Almotamar.net, Google - A two-day battle between the imam, who wanted to impose Islamic law and Hamas forces left 27 other people dead. The crackdown could allow Hamas to be seen as a bulwark against militancy by the West.
An imam who wanted to impose Islamic law in the Gaza Strip was killed today in an explosion at one of his hideouts, ending a two-day battle between his armed followers and Hamas government forces that left 27 other people dead.
The security crackdown could allow Hamas, which has tried to court favor with the West, to position itself as a moderate Islamic bulwark against militant forces inspired by Al Qaeda.
But the challenge by the imam, Abdel-Latif Moussa, also pointed to splits among Hamas' followers. Residents of the southern city of Rafah, where the clash occurred, said several former Hamas militants were killed while fighting for the imam's group, the Soldiers of the Companions of God.
Hamas Interior Ministry spokesman Ihab Ghussein said the imam had espoused "perverted ideas and considered all Gazans as unbelievers" and had allegedly orchestrated the bombings of Internet cafes and a wedding party.
The spokesman said Hamas appealed to scholars, clerics and parents to "educate the Palestinian people in correct and moderate Islam."
Moussa provoked the clash Friday by announcing a campaign to impose religious law by force of arms. He made the declaration during a midday sermon in Rafah surrounded by black-clad gunmen who then holed up with him in a mosque and fought off Hamas security forces who besieged the building.
The rebels eventually abandoned the mosque through an underground tunnel and continued the fight from nearby homes. After an overnight lull, a Hamas negotiator approached the imam's hideout in an attempt to talk him into surrendering. An explosion rocked the house, killing the imam, his aide and the negotiator, Ghussein said.
Ghussein said the aide, a Syrian national of Palestinian origin, set off the explosion by detonating a suicide belt. There was no confirmation of the account by the imam's surviving supporters.
Assistant General Secretaries and head of the GPC regulatory agency sent telegrams of congratulations on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr on behalf of all the leaders of their regulators sectors to the leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, GPC Chairman, and to Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi - President of Yemen and First Deputy Chairman of the Conference GPC, on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.
Saba Board Chairman and Editor- in-Chief Tariq al-Shami met here on Thursday with Russian ambassador to Yemen Vladimir Didohchin.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed aspects of cooperation between Yemen News Agency (SABA) and the Russian news agency and the different Russian media in exchanging news services, expertise and experiences in press areas.
Ali Abdullah Saleh, the General People's Congress (GPC) Leader, issued a regulatory decision of new appointments the specializing heads of departments in the General Secretariat of the GPC.
The decision of the GPC Leader number (9) for the year 2014 on the appointment of heads of departments of the GPC Secretariat:
Chairman of the General People's Congress:
After reviewing the rules of procedure of the General People's Congress and it regulations that based on the presentation of Secretaries-General Assistant and the approval of the General Committee at its meeting held on 18- 7-2014, decided the following:
General People's Congress (GPC) condemned the Israeli brutal and cowardly attack on the Palestinian struggling in Gaza.
GPC expressed their disapproval of the international situation which monitors this brutal attack calling the international community for urgent action to stop this barbaric and brutal aggression and provides ways to help and provide emergency aid to mitigate the effects of the aggression on the humanitarian situation caused by the military operations on the citizens.
General People's Congress (GPC) leader confirmed that they will continue to lead the GPC party in the Yemeni arena, and will remain steadfast in front of all the challenges.
"We are ready for reconciliation and tolerance, but GPC would not ally with party against party and will not give up the blood of the martyrs who died in the terrorist attacks on the presidency house and the youth in the dignity Friday or the martyrs of armed and security forces who were killed during the attacks on the camps and government installations," GPC leader said.
The Presidential decree No. 43 for 2014 was issued on Sunday on the regulation of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC).
Also the Presidential decree No. 44 for 2014 was issued appointing officials at the Central Organization for Control and Auditing, (COCA) as follows;
- Ameen Mohamed Qassem al-Sherai, Undersecretary of Administrative Units & Subsidized Entities of Sector;
- Fahmi Mohamed Mansour Mohamed, Undersecretary of Audit Sector of Administrative Units & Subsidized Entities;