Gaza Strip: Four dead in Palestinian fighting

Published January 3rd, 2007 - 04:20 GMT

A member of a group close to Fatah party has been killed by a shot to the head from unidentified attackers in the Gaza Strip, security sources said on Wednesday. Ala Mohammed Ainaya, a member of the Al-Aqsa Brigades, was hit while he was leaving his house, the sources added, according to AFP.


The 25-year-old was close to a local Fatah leader in the northern Gaza town of Jabaliya, they said.


Later, a car carrying Hamas security officers was ambushed. A gunbattle between Fatah and Hamas gunmen broke out in the Jabalya refugee camp soon after the two incidents in northern Gaza Strip, witnesses said.


Three Palestinians, including a 21-year-old woman, have been killed in fighting. Two members of the preventative security force loyal to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas were killed in the clashes with a force loyal to Hamas movement in the southern town of Khan Yunis, after the deputy chief of the force was kidnapped, security sources said Wednesday. Two people were also hurt as a result, AFP reported.


Meanwhile, Israeli occupation troops nabbed nine Palestinians in the West Bank cities of Bethlehem and Jenin, security sources said. WAFA reported Wednesday that Israeli soldiers stormed Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, conducted a search campaign and took three men.


Israeli forces also stormed at dawn Beit Fujjar town, south of Bethlehem, besieged the houses of Ayman Thawabta 19, and Usama Thawabta 19, and nabbed them. Elsewhere, Israeli soldiers swept into Berkin town, west of Jenin city amid intensive fire shooting and nabbed Mahmoud Khiloof 23, a university student in addition to three others.

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