Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Moving on in Gaza

Today is a sunny, quiet day in Gaza City. But there are still gunmen on street corners and rooftops. Fatah forces have brought in what looks like a small tank parked behind a sand bunker, literally dug in for war. The first thing we did was stop by a small group of gunmen hoping to shoot a quick piece to camera. After some fast-talking by our genial driver, Ahmed, they agree to let us shoot for no more than 5 minutes. We jump out and begin immediately. Ahmed continues to chat to the gunmen, hoping to distract them from observing us too carefully. It turns out they are part of a joint patrol to secure the roads for Prime Minister Ismail Hanieyah’s departure for the talks in Mecca today. Hamas and Fatah working together. That’s a change from nearly a week of constant gunbattles. They don’t seem very happy about it though. They eyeball each other for a little while and before refocusing their attention to us. One of them leans over to Ahmed and growls something in his ear: Time to stop shooting and move on.

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