Hamas official: Abbas launching war in West Bank

A senior Hamas official in Lebanon on Wednesday accused moderate Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of launching a full-out war against his militant group in the West Bank. Osama Hamdan, who is Hamas' representative in Lebanon, told reporters that Abbas is trying to transform his Fatah-run West Bank into a "lawless area controlled by the heads of security agencies." Hamdan added that such measures by the Fatah leader would not "make Hamas abandon its method of resistance and the rights of our people." Hamas came to power in the West Bank and Gaza in March 2006, but after months of bloody Palestinian infighting which culminated with Hamas' overrunning Gaza by force in June, Abbas set up his West Bank government and fired Hamas officials.