A statement, faxed to press by the aL-Aqsa Martyrs brigades, the armed wing of Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, read Thursday that seven members of the brigades have been kidnapped by Hamas-linked militants in northern Gaza Strip.

‘ several Hamas militants stormed the condolences ceremony of the aL-Aqsa brigades fighters, Murad Khdair and Rabi’ Muhsin on Thursday, in an attempt to disrupt the ceremony’, the statement explained.

The aL-Aqsa brigades also confirmed that members of the ruling Hamas militants placed ambushes enroute to the ceremony and that seven members of the brigades have been abducted.

Hamas and Fatah have been involved in a power struggle before the Islamist Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in June of last year and ejected Fatah-loyal forces from the coastal territory.

Recently, both parties have signed a reconciliation agreement in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a, yet no concrete progress has been observed on the ground.