Kampen mellom Hamas og Fatah har utspilt seg på skoler, i fagforeninger, medier, moskeer og fengsler. Siste kampplass er sykehus og medisiner.
Fatah anklager Hamas for å stjele og selge medisiner som sendes via hjelpeorganisasjoner til Gaza-stripen.
Hamas anklager det palestinske selvstyret på Vestbredden for å krisemaksimere og legge press på Hamas.
Some Palestinians residents of the Gaza Strip and Western aid workers have confirmed the Fayyad government’s allegations, saying that Hamas has indeed been confiscating most of the medical supplies that are sent from the West Bank – putting the lives of many patients at risk.
Hamas, for its part, has retorted by leveling similar charges against the Fayyad government. According to Hamas spokesmen, if anyone is to blame for the severe crisis in the Gaza Strip’s hospitals and clinics it is the Fayyad government.
Hamas claims that the Fayyad government has been using the medicine to «blackmail» Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in a bid to undermine the Islamic movement’s regime.
A spokesman for the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip accused Fayyad and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of using medical supplies as a tool to fight Hamas and punish Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinians have paid a heavy price because of the continued power struggle between their two governments – a dispute that has claimed the lives of hundreds of Palestinians over the past three and a half years.