Palestinian officer killed in Fatah-Hamas clashes

Sunday, December 17, 2006 |  by Staff Writer  

Masked gunmen, affiliated with Hamas, killed an officer of the elite force loyal to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday.

Following Abbas’ declaration of his intention to move up the PA elections, clashes broke out between Hamas and Fatah in the Gaza Strip.

Abu Ubaida, spokesman for Hamas’ military wing, denied the group had been involved in the attack, saying, “This is a wrong and irresponsible accusation.”

Hamas accused Abbas of launching a coup after his announcement for early presidential and parliamentary elections on Saturday in an attempt to break the political deadlock in the Palestinian Authority.

Dozens of gunmen in uniforms similar to those worn by Hamas shot the guard, firing again and killing him at close range.

After, the terrorists stormed the camp and set tents on fire they exchanged fire with several presidential guards stationed inside, wounding at least five of them. Fatah members rushed into the camp and the infiltrators fled.

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