A number of gunmen attacked Monday night a ’17 Force’ outpost in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Hanoun.
Witnesses said that the gunmen attacked the outpost with different kinds of weapons and that they abducted a personnel.

This abduction comes after both Hamas and Fatah agreed to reciprocal release of each other’s members, who have been abducted in a wave of infighting over the past few days.

Fatah officials blamed Hamas for the attack on the 17 Force outpost, while Hamas accused the 17 Force, known as the Presidential guards, of setting up a checkpoint in Beit Hanoun, in an attempt to hold Hamas members.

Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum accused Fatah of breaching the ceasefire agreement by abducting four Hamas members and rejecting pulling out its militants from streets and some rooftops in Gaza City.

The Monday attack came shortly before representatives of both factions head for the Saudi Arabia of Makkah for national unity talks after they both agreed to a ceasefire Sunday under Egyptian patronage.