One Palestinian man was shot and killed on Thursday morning in the eastern side of Gaza city, during renewed clashes between the two rival Hamas and Fatah parties. This incident raises the death toll of the clashes that started on Wednesday afternoon to two.
Medical sources in Gaza city stated that Samier Helles was dead on arrival at Gaza city hospital on Thursday at around 7:30 am.
Palestine security sources reported that the man was shot and killed during clashes between gunmen from his family and Hamas affiliated executive forces.
The clashes started on Wednesday afternoon and lasted through until Thursday morning. Local sources also reported on Thursday morning that shortly after Othman's death, a number of gunmen from his family abducted two executive force cars containing seven of it's members. The cars were set on fire in the city center, while the fate of the seven men remains unknown.
On Wednesday afternoon Palestinian media sources said that one Palestinian civilian was killed and eleven others wounded during renewed Hamas-Fatah infighting in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Lahia. The sources identified the victim as Ramez Serour and added that the clashes erupted between Hamas and Fatah supporters, in a new wave of internal violence that has emerged since Palestinians announced earlier this week their first-ever unity cabinet.
Witnesses told IMEMC that the clashes erupted when members of Hamas chased companions of Samih Almadhoun, a prominent local Fatah leader. Witnesses said that more members of Hamas and Fatah, have been gathering in the Mashrou’ neighborhood of Beit Lahia, voicing concern over possible escalation on the ground.
On Wednesday two Palestinian security personnel were shot and wounded in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis when an unknown civilian car opened fire at a security outpost belonging to the Palestinian President’s Force 17, linked to Fatah.