Analysis by Amani Soliman of BBC Monitoring,
The events in
On 11 June, Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya were busy with the Shura Council elections in
Only Iranian Arabic-language Al-Alam TV began carrying news of another truce between Fatah and Hamas in
However, on 12 June, Al-Jazeera interviewed its
The video footage showed scenes of armed militants running around the streets of
Increase in coverage
The volume of the coverage of the unfolding events increased dramatically.
The factional infighting in
Al-Arabiya and Al-Jazeera started the day's coverage by flagging up the accusations made by Fatah against Hamas of "plotting a coup" against the government.
Later in the day, the threat by Fatah to pull out from the national unity government was highlighted by the channels.
Furthermore, Al-Jazeera carried voxpops on the streets of
As the story unfolded there was a consensus in the coverage of the pan-Arab channels that the factional clashes in the Palestinian territories are a "tragedy" or even a "farce", because Palestinians were supposed to direct their weapons towards their "enemies" instead of fighting each other; and that such infighting "does not serve the Palestinian cause".
Against a background of Palestinian demonstrators confronting gunmen in the streets of
In a studio interview, an Al-Jazeera interviewee blamed the Palestinian leadership for the deteriorating security situation.
With the rising death toll in the
At the same time, Al-Arabiya started with Fatah's threats to quit the unity government if the fighting persisted and only came to the
On the evening of 13 June, Al-Jazeera devoted its daily "Today's Harvest" discussion spot to the story.
A 15-minute report on the infighting in the Gaza Strip was shown before the discussion started. It featured three separate interviews with Major General Burhan Hammad, head of the Egyptian security delegation in the Gaza Strip, via telephone from Gaza; Usama Hamdan, Hamas representative in Lebanon, via satellite from Beirut; and Husayn al-Shaykh, Fatah secretary in the West Bank, via satellite from Ramallah.
The escalating fighting in
In a satellite interview on Al-Arabiya, a Hamas official said any such troops would be treated as an "occupying force".
Al-Jazeera, for its part, aired footage from Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas-run TV) of the Hamas take over operation in
On 15 June, Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya carried part of a news conference by the military wing of Hamas calling for the immediate release of BBC reporter Alan Johnston.
Both channels avoided directly blaming either party for the current stand-off. They also interviewed officials from both Hamas and Fatah.
Al-Arabiya reported on Hamas's "victory" over Fatah in
Al-Jazeera reported that the current infighting was harming Palestinians' aspiration for an independent sate. The channel said that the struggle between Abbas and Haniyah had reached its peak and that it was bound to "spill over" to neighbouring countries.
It said that the Arab countries had two choices: either to look at the issue from a Palestinian interest angle or from a
Statements, press conferences
Both satellites carried live the press conferences held by Hamas and Fatah officials, not only from the Palestinian territories, but also from other capitals including
Those included Hamas leader Khalid Misha'l speaking from
On 16 June, another Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhum, called for Arab and Islamic support for the Palestinian national unity government. In a statement to Al-Jazeera, Barhum said the Hamas-led government is giving first priority to establishing security in the territories.
Similarly, in statements to Al-Jazeera, Usama Hamdan, the representative of Hamas in
It is worth noting that Al-Jazeera carried live the swearing-in ceremony of the new Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad in Ramallah, to replace the government led by Hamas.
Shortly after, Al-Jazeera carried a statement by Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri, rejecting the new government and describing it as "illegal".
Source: BBC Monitoring research on 20 Jun 07