PA TV filler on civil unrest in the Gaza Strip against Hamas shows beaten children
Official PA TV filler on civil unrest in the Gaza Strip against Hamas
Visual: The screenshot shows a Palestinian child with a large bruise on his cheek who was beaten by Hamas members.
Text on screen: “Gaza is bringing down the coup (refers to 2007 Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip; see note below –Ed.)
2007 Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip - Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah won the 2005 Palestinian Authority Presidential election. However, Hamas won the 2006 parliamentary elections in both the Gaza Strip and West Bank, with a majority of 74 out of 132 seats, to Fatah's 45 seats. Fatah's rule of the PA Presidency and Hamas' rule of the PA government led to friction and eventually armed conflict between Hamas and Fatah. Hamas defeated Fatah militarily in the Gaza Strip in 2007, and since then Hamas rules in Gaza while the PA continues to rule the West Bank under Fatah.