Hamas Promises to Take Over West Bank in Autumn

Palestinian demonstrators burn a U.S. and Israeli flag during a Hamas protest calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, in Gaza City, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

A senior Hamas official promised Hamas will take control over the West Bank this autumn.
YNET News reported:

Senior Hamas leader Nizar Rayyan said Monday that the Islamist group would soon take control over the West Bank.

“In the autumn Hamas supporters will be praying in the Muqata compound in Ramallah (site of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ offices),” he said during a rally in Gaza.

“We are now praying at the Presidential compound in Gaza, just as we said we would. Abbas’ regime will fall like a leaf come autumn.”

Since Hamas’ violent takeover of Gaza last June, the Palestinian Authority’s security services have been seeking out Hamas operatives on a daily basis, especially those suspected of belonging to the group’s armed wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

Hamas has repeatedly threatened to retaliate to any attacks against its men in the West Bank.

Rayyan continued to say that “in the fall the man who kills his own people will be exposed, and we will annihilate him just as we have annihilated others like him.”

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