Things appear nearly out of control in Gaza. Then again, maybe what we are seeing is reformists/militants moving to control the new government. Which means things might not be as chaotic as they seem.
Thousands have taken to the streets throughout Gaza City on Saturday demanding accountability and reforms, including the replacement of Palestinian President Yasir Arafat.
Arabic-language newspapers on Saturday expressed alarm over the deteriorating security situation in the Gaza Strip following Friday’s spate of abductions by militants.
Everyone here agrees that the current tensions are linked to Israel’s plans to end its occupation of Gaza.
Some analysts feel that the kidnappings were a show of strength by militant groups.
But other analysts say that what we are witnessing is more a power struggle within Mr Arafat’s Fatah movement.
Update: It appears the miltants are seriously challenging Arafat.
Militants sacked and burned Palestinian government offices Sunday, the latest sign of growing anger over Yasser Arafat’s decision to reach into his old guard and choose a loyalist relative as new security chief.