Abbas sacks Hamas-led government
Source: Palestinian leader dissolves government amid infighting
"I [Abbas] have issued the following decree: the sacking of Prime Minister Ismail Haniya," AFP news agency quoted him as saying.
"Second, the proclamation of the state of emergency in all the Palestinian territories because of the criminal war in the Gaza Strip, the taking over of the security services of the Palestinian Authority, the military coup and the armed rebellion by outlaws."
Hamas and Fatah have been fighting a bloody war for days. Now the radical Islamist group Hamas announced that Gaza is now under Islamic rule, the first step to becoming an Islamic state. Hamas forces overtook the Preventive Security headquarters and captured tow of four major Fatah command centers in Gaza City.
As a reaction, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (of the secularist Fatah) dismissed the Hamas-led coalition government and declared a state of emergency. In Ramallah, Nablus, Jenin and several other places in the West Bank, Hamas politicians and followers have been rounded up.
As a consequence, the West Bank and Gaza Strip could effectively be split from one another - Gaza run by the radical Islamist Hamas and the West Bank by the rather moderate Fatah.