These guys don't care who they fight as long as they are fighting...
3 dead as Hamas, Fatah clash in Gaza
Last Updated Mon, 08 May 2006 06:22:36 EDT
Militants from rival Palestinian factions clashed on Monday in the Gaza Strip.
At least three people were killed as a result of the fighting between Hamas and Fatah gunmen.
The fighting apparently broke out near the city of Khan Younis when groups from each faction were exchanging captives, the Associated Press reported.
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Hamas said Fatah started the shooting, gunning down one of its members, who died in hospital. Two Fatah members were then shot in the street.
Fighting escalated to the point where assault rifles, submachine guns and even an anti-tank missile, usually reserved for fighting against the Israeli army, were fired.
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Members of the two factions have fought before, with more frequent sporadic clashes since the January elections in which Hamas won control of parliament from Fatah.
Fatah and Hamas are the two most powerful Palestinian factions. They have been battling for control of the Palestinian security forces since the elections.
Fatah dominates the security forces, but has been having more difficulty maintaining order. Israel's pullout from Gaza last summer has made things worse.
President Mahmoud Abbas, a Fatah member, wields considerable power in the Palestinian Authority and has stripped the Hamas government of many powers.
Talks between Abbas and Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh have done little to resolve the situation.
Many countries, including Canada and the United States, consider Hamas, which is sworn to destroy Israel, a terrorist organization, and have cut off aid to the government it leads.
As a result, the Palestinian Authority is in a financial crisis.