Monday, March 5, 2007


Clashes break out in Gaza, despite Mecca deal (YNet)
Gunbattles flare across Strip as factions clash over territory; gunmen fire at police official

Members of the Popular Resistance Committees, a group affiliated with Hamas, opened fire Monday at the car of Muhammad Youssef, a senior police official. Youssef escaped the attack unharmed, and police launched a pursuit.

The Resistance Committees accused Youssef of refusing to integrate group members into the police force, despite a previous agreement to do so.

In another incident, members of a Hamas militia engaged in a daytime gunbattle with security forces. The gunbattle broke out when Hamas and Fatah loyalists argued over who had control of a nearby training compound in Gaza City, security officials said.

The Fatah-allied security forces demanded that the Hamas militiamen leave the area, but the latter refused, saying it fell under the control of the Hamas-controlled Interior Ministry, security officials said. There were no injuries

Earlier in Gaza, unknown assailants fired shots at the house and car of a senior security officer who has had past problems with Hamas, security officials said.

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