Two members of Fatah, the group headed by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, have been shot dead as fighting continued in the Gaza Strip despite a new ceasefire.
Medical sources said that another six people were injured during the clashes between Fatah supporters and groups who support Hamas, the ruling party in the Palestinian government headed by Ismail Haniya, the prime minister.
Witnesses said that the exchanges of fire lasted for several hours.
They said that groups of armed men were continuing to patrol Gaza City early on Wednesday, and roadblocks - which should have all been removed under the terms of the ceasefire - were still in place.
The truce between forces loyal to Haniya and those supporting Abbas came into force at 11pm (21:00 GMT) on Tuesday, but the factional fighting has continued regardless.
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