Posted by: Lister | May 17, 2007

Is anyone in control?

Violence has again erupted in Gaza. The unity government, agreed in February, is struggling to hold itself together.

[BBC]

The politicians’ words are having no effect on the gunmen on the ground, and the bloodier the violence gets, the more strain the government will come under.

At least 20 people were killed in Gaza today. Desert Peace published a letter from a photographer, Mohammed Omer, who was threatened by militants. A close call.

Laila El-Haddad, at the blog Raising Yousef, talks first hand about the violence. She also wrote a piece for the Guardian.

“I’m just saying, what are they fighting over – the trash burning in the streets?” remarked one shopkeeper, in reference to the piles of accumulated trash gathering as a result of a week-long municipality protest.

“We all know what’s going to happen next,” he continued. “Government officials will convene with the military commanders, and ask them to show restraint. The gunmen will withdraw from the streets. And for a few more weeks, things will be calm again. We’re in a maelstrom and I can’t really see a way out. Gaza is burning. And the world is watching.”

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