Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Wednesday night that six Palestinian civilians, including three children, were injured in renewed violent clashes between Fateh and Hamas gunmen in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.Unconfirmed reports revealed that the number of casualties increased to nine. Eyewitnesses reported that the clashes erupted after gunmen of the Al Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, fired rounds of live ammunition at the house of Sameeh Al Madhoun, one of the leaders of the Al Aqsa Brigades, the armed wing of Fateh.
Following the attack, fighters of the Al Aqsa Brigades chased the assailants and managed to capture some of them. Later on, members of the Al Qassam brigades abducted two members of the Al Aqsa Brigades, the Palestinian News Agency, WAFA, reported.
Medical sources at Kamal Adwan Hospital identified the three injured children as Shaima’, 9, Khalaf, 7, Abeer Ibrahim, 12, and Ahmad Sharaf, 12. Shaima' and Abeer were injured in their legs, and Ahmad was injured in his arm.
The renewed clashes have erupted at a critical time in the Palestinian political arena, as Fateh and Hamas leaders have recntly announced that the unity government will be brought to a vote on Saturday.
Ahmad Bahar, the acting parliamentary speaker from Hamas, said that the Palestinian Legislative Council will convene on Saturday at 11 A.M to discuss the Unity Government's political platform and hold a vote of confidence.