RAMALLAH, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) — Iran provides support to Islamic
Palestinian groups of Hamas and Islamic Jihad in West Bank and Gaza
Strip, a Palestinian factional official said on Saturday.

Iran supports Hamas, the Islamic Jihad movement and other
Palestinian groups and this is not a secret,” said Samir Ghousha, a
leader from the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front.

Hamas controls Gaza Strip since last year after it routed the
secular Fatah movement of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, who
consolidated the Palestinian National Authority’s (PNA) rule in West
Bank while Hamas Islamists tightened their grip on Gaza.

To support Egypt’s efforts to settle the split between Gaza and
West Bank, Ghousha said his movement asked Egypt to send security
advisers and monitors to Gaza Strip to help reforming and
restructuring the security forces there away from Hamas’ criteria.

Ghousha says his movement still welcomes the Egyptian proposal to
send Arab forces to Gaza. But since Hamas rejects the idea, he said
that Egyptian security experts may resolve the crisis among the
security services.

Hamas says that the security services, loyal to Abbas, tried to
block its rule which was gained by winning parliamentary elections in
2006 and this has made the Islamic movement forcibly takeover the Gaza

Editor: Lin Liyu

http://news. xinhuanet. com/english/ 2008-09/06/ content_9808258. htm


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