Palestinian Resident of Beit Hanoun Wounded during Shootout

Palestinian medical sources reported Sunday that Palestinian civilian Mohammad Hammad, 48, of Beit Hanoun city in northern Gaza Strip, was shot and wounded during a shootout between supporters of both Fatah and Hamas.

Palestinian security sources also confirmed that unknown gunmen opened fire at the house of Fawwaz Hammad, chief of Beit Hanoun’s police department.

Shootouts have taken place over the past 24 hours between supporters of Fatah and Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip, causing the death of a Hamas member and injury of another.

Such waves of infighting come despite a Fatah-Hamas agreement to a ceasefire as well as the current efforts to announce a power-sharing government after both parties reached a deal in the Saudi Arabian city of Makkkah earlier in February.

Palestinian official sources said the new unity government is likely to be made public by Wednesday or Thursday. Palestinian residents in the Gaza Strip, in general, and in Beit Hanoun, in particular, have voiced concern over the recurrence of the internal violence that has claimed the lives of more than 130 Palestinians over the past four months.

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