Violent Factional Clashes in Hamastan- 4 Dead
Factional fighting resumed in Hamastan today.
It is the first major fighting since Hamas took over in June
Members of Hamas Executive force stand in formation during the funeral of their colleague Yousif Abu Toha, who was killed during clashes with a clan loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, in Gaza October 18, 2007. At least three Palestinians were killed and 30 wounded in Gaza on Wednesday in clashes between Hamas Islamists and the clan loyal to Abbas of Fatah, hospital officials said. (REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
Rocket propelled grenades and heavy machine guns were used in the clashes.
Fighting in Gaza between the militant Islamist group Hamas and a clan allied to its political rival Fatah has left four dead, reports say.
At least 20 people were wounded in the battle in Gaza City which erupted when Hamas security forces tried to arrest members of the Heles clan.
Rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine-guns were used in the fighting.
Correspondents say it is one of the fiercest clashes since Hamas took over Gaza by force in June.
Two of the dead were Hamas Executive Force security officers and two were from the Heles clan, Hamas spokesman Ihab al-Ghusain told the AP news agency.
Fighting broke out on Wednesday evening when Heles clan members opened fire on Hamas security forces, Mr Ghusain said. A Fatah official said Executive Force officers were trying to confiscate a car that belonged to a clan member.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement has its power base in the West Bank.
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