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Middle East Fighting 4 - Reax to gunbattle, militant cleric killed, funerals
08/15/2009
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NAME: MEA FIGHT 4 20090815I TAPE: EF09/0776 IN_TIME: 10:02:32:06 DURATION: 00:03:37:00 SOURCES: AP TELEVISION DATELINE: Various - 14/15 Aug 2009 RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST: Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, 15 August 2009 1. Wide of funeral procession 2. Close up of body belonging to Hamas militant killed in fighting, wrapped in Hamas flag carried in funeral procession 3. Various of funeral procession and Hamas supporters 4. Hamas security standing guard at funeral of Jund Ansar Allah members killed in shootout 5. Funeral procession running with body 6. Close up on body in red stretcher 7. Close up on mourner chanting 8. Various of funeral procession ++NIGHT SHOTS++ Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, 15 August 2009 9. Various of mosque, gun battle between Hamas and Islamic militants, occasional flares and flashes seen, AUDIO: Heavy gunfire Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, 14 August 2009 10. Pan to leader of "Jund Ansar Allah" (means: Soldiers of the Companions of God) Abdel-Latif Moussa surrounded by the organisation's militants inside mosque just before fighting erupted Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, 15 August 2009 11. Mosque, gun battle between Hamas and Islamic militants, AUDIO: Heavy gunfire Gaza City, Gaza Strip - August 15 2009 12. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Taher Nunu, Hamas government spokesman: "We confirm that he (Abdel-Latif Moussa) blew himself up. Some of our security services tried to talk to him and when one of the officers approached him to appeal for his surrender, he blew himself up and the people around him." Rafah, southern Gaza strip, 15 August 2009 13. Wide of Hamas security men in streets of Rafah 14. Hamas armed men getting off pick up truck in street 15. Mid Hamas interior minister, Fathi Hamad sitting in mosque where funerals of Hamas militants killed in gun battle were starting (++this is not the mosque where the gun battle took place++) 16. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Fathi Hamad, Hamas Interior Minister: "This operation came after a lot of security research and evidence gathering, which proved that this group had been working illegally and were using weapons against the people, against the government, and had been killing a lot in different areas, so we were forced to stop it." 17. Wide of Hamad inside the mosque Ramallah, West Bank, 15 August 2009 18. SOUNDBITE (English) Saeb Erekat, Palestinian negotiator: "Its very alarming and very dangerous what is taking place in Gaza, these clashes and these fights, more than 22 dead. Gaza is going down the drain in chaos and lawlessness." Gaza City, Gaza Strip, 15 August 2009 19. Wide of Hamas policemen at checkpoint in Gaza city 20. Hamas security checking cars STORYLINE: Hamas crushed an al-Qaida-inspired group in an hours-long standoff that came to a fiery end when a large explosion killed the radical Muslim group's leader inside his Gaza home on Saturday. The fighting was sparked by a rebellious sermon by the group's leader, and his dramatic death put an end to the greatest internal challenge to Hamas' rule since it took control of Gaza two years ago. In all, the fighting claimed 24 lives - the highest death toll in the territory since the Israel-Hamas war earlier this year. Funeral processions were carried out for both the sides on the streets of Rafah later on Saturday, where flag draped bodies were carried by crowds of people. The crackdown targeted Jund Ansar Allah, or the Soldiers of the Companions of God, one of a number of small, shadowy groups that are even more radical than Hamas. The decisive confrontation, in which 95 group members were arrested, solidified Hamas' iron rule in Gaza. The radical groups have sought to expand the Palestinians' battle beyond Israel to include the Western World as well. And in Gaza they have tried to enforce an even stricter version of Islamic law than Hamas and have attacked Internet cafes and wedding parties over behaviour they consider improper. The crackdown highlights Hamas' desire to distance itself from militants espousing al-Qaida's ideology and to appear more moderate to the West, though the United States, Israel and others consider Hamas a "terrorist" organisation. The fighting broke out late on Friday when Hamas security men surrounded a mosque in the southern Gaza town of Rafah on the Egyptian border where about 100 members of Jund Ansar Allah were holed up. Their leader, Abdel-Latif Moussa, provoked Hamas by declaring Gaza an Islamic emirate during a Friday prayer sermon and daring its leaders to invade his mosque. They did, setting off a fierce gunbattle. Flares lit up the sky and the sound of machine gun fire echoed throughout the night. Moussa escaped with some bodyguards to his home where another standoff ensued. Early Saturday, an explosives vest was detonated as Hamas was trying to convince Moussa to surrender, said Taher Nunu, a Hamas government spokesman. Hamas' Interior Minister, Fathi Hamad, told reporters that the "operation came after a lot of security research and evidence gathering, which proved that this group had been working illegally and were using weapons against the people, against the government, and had been killing a lot in different areas, so we were forced to stop it." Doctor Moaiya Hassanain of the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said 24 people were killed, including six Hamas police officers and an 11-year-old girl. At least 150 people were wounded, he said. Hamas confirmed one of its casualties was a high-ranking commander, Abu Jibril Shimali, whom Israel said orchestrated the capture three years ago of Sergeant Gilad Schalit, an Israeli soldier who is still being held by Hamas. Jund Ansar Allah first came to public attention in June after it claimed responsibility for a failed attempt to attack Israel from Gaza on horseback. The group claims inspiration from al-Qaida's ultraconservative brand of Islam, but no direct links have been confirmed. The group has been critical of Hamas for not imposing a more severe form of Islamic law and for maintaining a cease-fire with Israel for the past seven months. Hamas says it does not impose its religious views on others, but only seeks to set a pious example for people to follow. Hamas also maintains that its struggle is against Israel only, while the radical splinter groups call for a global jihad against the entire Western world. Israel has charged that terrorists with links to Osama bin Laden have infiltrated Gaza. Hamas has denied this, while trying to distance itself from the more radical groups. This weekend's violence marked the most serious internal opposition Hamas has faced since it seized control of Gaza and ousted its rivals in the Fatah movement in a five-day civil war in June 2007. The Gaza Strip and the West Bank are together supposed to make up a future Palestinian state, but the rival governments in the two territories - located on opposite sides of Israel - are complicating Palestinian efforts to gain independence. Fatah official Saeb Erekat was quick to comment on the developments, saying "Gaza is going down the drain in chaos and lawlessness." Hamas security blocked all roads to Rafah on Saturday and declared the town a closed military zone.
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