Fatah gunmen storm PA offices

Aksa Brigades gunmen demand taxi licenses, stipends from Hamas gov't.

gunman, PA flag 298.88 (photo credit: AP)
gunman, PA flag 298.88
(photo credit: AP)
Dozens of armed members of the Aksa Martyrs' Brigades surrounded the Palestinian Authority Prime Minister's Office in Ramallah on Thursday morning, according to Palestinian media reports. Al-Jazeera, meanwhile, reported that the gunmen had already taken over Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's office. According to the satellite television network, the Aksa activists had previously raided the offices of the PA's Transportation Ministry. There were no reports of violence at the scene as yet. The gunmen were reportedly protesting the cancellation on the part of the Hamas government of certain decisions made by the previous government, including the granting of taxi licenses to Fatah activists. They were also demanding monthly stipends from the cash-strapped Hamas government.