Violent clashes between rival PA factions resume in Gaza; Hamas says Fatah sniper killed group member in Jabalia
Hamas gunmen later surrounded the house of the Fatah member from which the sniper shot came, calling on him to surrender, Hamas said. Fatah officials say the gunmen fired at the house and hurled grenades.
Shots were fired on Friday at the Gaza City home of Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar of Hamas, but he was not there at the time, an aide said. Gunmen also fired at the house Thursday night while al-Zahar was inside, but he was unharmed.
The latest factional violence erupted ahead of a new round of coalition government talks between Hamas and Fatah.
Fatah is led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who hopes the talks will produce a government moderate enough to induce the West to lift crushing economic sanctions it imposed after Hamas took power in March.
Earlier Friday, Hamas militants killed a wounded Fatah fighter in a gangland-style slaying, Fatah officials said.
Fatah said a Hamas force firing rockets launched a predawn attack on the home of Nabil Jarjir, a member of the Fatah-affiliated Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, initially wounding him. As neighbors were taking the injured man to hospital the Hamas raiders stopped the car and killed him with a shot to the head, Fatah said.
After that attack local Al-Aqsa official Samih Madhoun vowed revenge. "Those who executed Jarjir will be punished," he said.
A Hamas official, on condition of anonymity, said that during the night Fatah gunmen kidnapped seven Hamas members, while Hamas seized four Fatah members believed to be behind the roadside bombing. Fatah said six of its men had been snatched.
Hamas was scheduled to hold rallies in northern Gaza later Friday to mark one year since it ousted Fatah from power in parliamentary elections and to protest the latest attacks on its men.
Nine gunmen from both sides also dead, with some 30 wounded, as result of infighting; Representatives from both sides sent to meet with Palestinian Interior Minister to attempt to end conflict
A two year old baby was killed in the cross-fire of Hamas and Fatah bullets near Khan Younis late Friday evening, bringing the death toll from Palestinian infighting to ten in less than 24 hours. Some 30 people have been wounded as a result of the clashes, several of them severely.
The captives had been participating in a training exercise for the Hamas government's special security force at the time.
First Published: 01.26.07, 17:24
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