Just as Vacation Plans Are Set, Hamas Tourism Minister Quits

Oh, drats! That luxurious trip you planned to Gaza this summer for some down time on the beach may have to be nixed:

Hamas Tourism Minister Judeh Murqus resigned late Monday night in protest of the rampant violence in several Palestinian cities.

Earlier, Fatah gunmen said they abducted a Hamas lawmaker during a violent rampage against the Hamas-led government.

In a phone call to The Associated Press, the gunmen said they seized Khalil Rabei after attacking Hamas offices in Ramallah. The gunmen said they destroyed the office and set it on fire.

The Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, a pro-Fatah militia, later issued a statement saying Rabei had been released. There were no immediate details on his condition.

Palestinian gunmen also open fire at legislative offices in Nablus.

And if things were bad not enough, Iraq is lashing out at Hamas for its despicable praise of al Zarqawi.

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