Gaza Strip: Hamas, PA police clash as Israel kills four Palestinians

Published March 17th, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

Palestinian security forces and Hamas fighters exchanged fire in in downtown Gaza City on Wednesday, leaving one person dead and 18 injured.  


Witnesses said forces under the leadership Yasser Arafat's cousin, Moussa Arafat, ordered a carload of armed Hamas men to stop, but the men opened fire on the security men and a firefight ensued. Three Hamas members were reportedly detained. 


This clash came as Israel continued to attack the Gaza Strip. One Palestinian was killed and three were wounded Wednesday morning when an Israeli helicopter fired a missile at targets in the southern Gaza Strip. The Israeli army said that the helicopter had fired at a group of armed men. Palestinians, however, said a boy, named Musbah Mowafi, 15, was killed in tattack.  


Dr. Ali Mossa of Abu Yousef Al Najar hospital said that Mowafi was maimed, his head cut off from his body as well as two other wounded differently, one critically. A'laa Al Enjili, another Palestinian boy was killed in this raid.  


Just hours earlier, two Palestinians were killed when an Israeli gunship helicopter fired a missile at a building in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.  


The two men were reportedly standing near the building. The victims were identified as Mahmoud Abu Nahel, 42 and Faraj Abu Jazer, 22.  


Nine other people were injured in the strike, including two who were in a critical condition, hospital officials said. 


Also Wednesday, Rafah residents said Israeli troops, including some 25 Israeli tanks, jeeps and bulldozers moved into the refugee camp. 


For its part, Fatah's Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade has vowed to respond to any Israeli operation in Gaza and has called on the Palestinian Authority to distribute weapons to all Palestinians so that they can fight back. 


In the West Bank, occupation troops demolished three homes near the cities of Ramallah, Nablus and Tulkarem. Ten Palestinians were also arrested overnight in the West Bank. (

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