Palestinian police take over parliament in Gaza
About 30 policemen entered the parliamentary compound, which police had briefly occupied on Saturday.india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 14:00 IST
Palestinian police, angry at Hamas's election victory, took over the parliament building in Gaza on Monday, firing in the air, witnesses said.
About 30 policemen entered the parliamentary compound, which police had briefly occupied on Saturday. Some took up positions on the roof and on top of a nearby building, the witnesses said.
Many policemen, loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah, fear control of the Palestinian security force will be transferred to Hamas, an Islamic militant group that swept to victory over the long-dominant faction in a parliamentary election on Wednesday.
There were no reports of casualties in the latest move into the parliamentary complex in Gaza City.
On Saturday, police left the area after protesting against calls by Hamas leaders to set up a Palestinian army which would include members of the Islamic group.
First Published: Jan 30, 2006 14:00 IST