Palestinian medical sources reported Tuesday that ten more people were killed and at least 20 others were wounded during renewed Hamas-Fatah clashes.
Clashes flared up today after a Hamas gunman was killed at roadblock, manned by the Palestinian presidential guards in Gaza city.
Right after the incident, dozens of Al-qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, attacked a Palestinian security post in eastern Gaza, where seven security personnel were reportedly killed and seventeenth others wounded.
A Hamas statement denied responsibility for the killings, while Fatah accused Hamas of killing the security personnel.
Hamas claimed those killed were hit by Israeli tank shells, where the Israeli forces are present widely on Gaza-Israel border.
Dr. Moawiya Abu Hasanain, spokesman of the Palestinian health ministry, disclosed that among the injuries were bullets and shrapnel.
Israeli army spokesperson claimed the army’s responsibility for the killing two Palestinian security officers after the latter fled towards the border fence between Gaza and Israel.
Meanwhile, Palestinian security sources refuted media reports that a 450-memmber Fatah-linked force entered Gaza from Egypt for potential attack on Hamas in the coastal region.
The sources said that those who crossed the borders today were members of Fatah movement, who returned back to the Strip, after having finished a military training course in Egypt.
Late on Monday night, Hamas and Fatah greed to a ceasefire under Egyptian mediation and auspices of the Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismail Haniya, who assumed responsibility for the interior ministry, following the resignation of the interior minister early on Monday.
Today’s deaths brought to nineteenth the death toll of Gaza infighting since Friday, the deadliest since Hamas and Fatah agreed to a national unity power-sharing government in March.
Commentators believe that the latest wave of internal violence would threaten the national unity government, which aimed at ending infighting and lifting a 14month-old economic embargo, since a Hamas-led government has taken power after last January’s elections.