Hamas and Fatah gunmen fought in Gaza City's beachfront neighborhoods and around security compounds early Sunday, ignoring renewed truce appeals and Arab mediation efforts. One man was killed, raising the death toll from three days of fighting to 26, the AP reported.
Among the victims, four were children. Of the more than 230 injured, 41 were in critical condition, including 15 in intensive care, hospital officials said.
In Cairo, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said the stalled Mideast peace process depended on resolving the conflict between rival Palestinian factions as well as the release of the Israeli soldier captured by Hamas-linked activists in June. Speaking at a joint news conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mubarak said Egypt was working to seal the crack between Hamas and Fatah.