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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Five more die in Gaza; Fatah forces outnumber Hamas - 14 to 1

Palestinian cease fires don't seem to work out too well. After the latest one, on Tueday, 5 more were killed this morning, according to Jerusalem post. The Post claims 15 people were killed yesterday. Other sources said nine were killed.
Israelis debate, under US pressure, whether to give more support to Fatah against Hamas, but Fatah it seems, already outnumber Hamas 14 to 1.
Fatah forces on PA payroll for Gaza clash already outnumber Hamas 70,000:

Table prepared by Danny Rubenstein and Reuters - published in Haaretz Hebrew
edition 16 May 2007
translation by Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA

Fatah forces:
A:  On PA payroll:
4,200-5,000 Presidential Security
30,000  Civil Police, Preventive Security, Civil guard units
5,000 General Intelligence Service
30,000 Force 17, Navy Police, Military Intelligence
69,200-70,000 on PA Payroll

B: Militias
Few thousand  Al Aqsa Brigades

Hamas forces:

A: On PA payroll
5,000 +  Operations [Executive]  Force (AL: On PA payroll)

B: Militias
Few thousand Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades
Over thousand Popular Resistance Committee  (mostly Hamas supporters)

Others militias not affiliated with either Hamas or Fatah:
Few hundred - Islamic Jihad
Few hundred - National Front For The Liberation of Palestine
Small - Democratic Front
Few members - Radical Moslem groups

Few score -  Family gangs

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

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