RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Authority Saturday said Hamas was using protests over the economy to stir up trouble against the government.
Adnan Damiri, a spokesman for the PA security forces, said officials had received tips that Hamas was exploiting the protests over the high cost of living in the West Bank to weaken the PA government.
Damiri told the official Voice of Palestine radio that Hamas was attempting to "export its coup to the West Bank."
The Jerusalem Post said Saturday other PA officials seemed to be trying to deflect public dissatisfaction with the government by blaming Israel for the problems and warning that unrest in the streets benefited the "occupation and its expansionist goals."
Hamas has taken its pokes at Israel over the situation, the Post said. Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Friday the protests proved PA economic engagement with Israel and the United States was a failure.