January 28, 2007

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From CNN: Hamas-Fatah violence kills 29.

Gaza was turning into a battlefield early Monday with armed clashes between the ruling Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah in Gaza City and the south. Four people were killed in the latest day of battles.

A Hamas supporter another gunman and a civilian were killed in clashes in southern Gaza on Sunday.

Early Monday Fatah gunmen killed a member of the Hamas security force in Gaza City, bringing the death toll in four days of Hamas-Fatah fighting to 29.

Early Monday, Hamas fighters mobilized around the main Fatah stronghold, the Preventive Security headquarters, and threatened to attack the compound -- a move that could set off a full-scale civil war.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia offered to mediate between the rivals, locked in a power struggle since Hamas defeated Fatah in parliamentary elections a year ago, ending four decades of Fatah rule.

The tensions have frequently erupted into violence, particularly since coalition talks broke down in December and Fatah's leader, President Mahmoud Abbas, threatened to call early elections.

In all, more than 60 Palestinians have been killed in internal fighting since December.

Posted by Forkum at January 28, 2007 07:03 PM