Gaza Strip: Fire exchange resumed despite Fatah, Hamas agreement to end clashes
Hamas gunmen opened fire Wednesday morning on a Fatah command center and on the home of a senior Fatah figure despite a cease-fire deal worked out overnight between the two sides. Qatar-based <i>Al Jazeera TV</i> reported five people were injured in the latest clashes on Wednesday morning.
Earlier, the ruling Fatah movement and Hamas declared an agreement to end several days of clashes in northern Gaza that took the lives of two bystanders wounded scores and led to gun battles and arson.
Leaders of the two movements announced the accord at a news conference after midnight in Gaza City. "We agreed to withdraw all armed forces from the streets of northern Gaza," said local Hamas leader Mizar Rayyan.
"The movements agreed to stop all clashes and violence and end all armed presence and all issues that may lead to tension between the two sides," senior Fatah leader and Palestinian cabinet minister Sufian Abu Zaida said in Gaza.
"Nothing is better than our unity against our enemy," said Rayyan.
On Tuesday, at least 13 people, including nine members of the security forces and two Hamas fighters, were wounded in the clashes.
The clashes started after Palestinian security forces tried to prevent Hamas members from attacking Israel.