Hamas-Fatah fighting continues

Sunday, February 04, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
In the days following the Fatah-Hamas cease-fire, four more Palestinians were killed early on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 26 in Gaza Strip clashes since Thursday.

More than 230 have been wounded, 41 in critical condition and of the 26 victims, four were children.

In the midst of occasional gunfire, residents in Gaza City attempted to go about their daily lives. Children played soccer and shops prepared for the next round of the battle.

Nasser Mushtaha owns a high-rise building near Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ compound, where Fatah troops were stationed. He received calls from Hamas members threatening to blow up his building if the troops didn’t leave.

Residents like Mushtaha are complaining that they represent neither faction, and fear for their lives because there is nobody to protect them as Fatah and Hamas battle it out for control of the Palestinian government.

Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza said he expected talks to go on for several days. “There are big obstacles to overcome in this dialogue. It will not be a minute or an hour.”

As talks continue in the upper echelons of the Palestinian government, the increased bloodshed only deepens resentment on both sides.

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