Fatah official: Hamas responsible for escalation

A senior Fatah member said on Thursday that although Israel should be condemned for its incursion into the Gaza Strip and the arrest of senior Hamas officials, it was the Hamas who brought these actions upon the Palestinian people. He blamed Hamas' uncompromising, extremist approach - especially that of Hamas leader in Damascus Khaled Mashaal - turned the whole world against the Palestinians. The official, an associated of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told Israel Radio said that Mashaal interfered with any attempt at moderation or mitigation of the economic embargo on the Palestinians.