Right in line with the method customarily used in the Arab world to determine its leadership, the Palestinian PM Haniyeh was targeted for assassination today by Fatah-affiliated individuals. Hamas denied that it was an assassination attempt even though gunmen opened fire at the Prime Minister and his convoy, and set fire to at least one of their vehicles, which went up in a "burst of flames." Apparently, living in denial is also customary in these types of situations.
From news article:
Fatah-affiliated gunmen opened fire at the convoy of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, destroying one vehicle in a burst of flames and raising tensions between the rival parties. There were no injuries in the shooting.
Hamas officials said the attack was not an attempt to assassinate the prime minister.
"The prime minister's condition is good, and he is out of the area of fire," said a an official in Haniyeh's office, adding the prime minister's car itself was not attacked.
Hamas officials said some of the gunmen were relatives of a person killed earlier in the month in a street battle between Hamas and Fatah.
Haniyeh had just finished making a speech at a Gaza mosque, where he said that his movement would reject any moves by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to call fresh elections or sack the Islamist government as a way to break a political deadlock.