Two Palestinians were killed and more than 10 others wounded as fresh armed clashes between militants of rival Hamas and Fatah movements broke out in Gaza City on Monday morning despite a truce deal reached overnight.
One of the two dead is a bodyguard for Fatah spokesman Maher Meqddad, who accused Hamas gunmen of launching the attack first.
He told reporters that members of Hamas military wing attacked his house, killing the bodyguard and another bystander.
He added that the militants also set fire his nearby media office.
The incident came hours after Hamas and Fatah, the two rivals now are serving in a coalition government, agreed last night a Egyptian-brokered truce deal.
According to the deal, the two movements should stop escalation and withdraw militants from the street.
The tensions in the Gaza Strip are running high in these days, especially after the death of six Palestinians in a sudden surge of violence.
However, the Egyptian-brokered deal seems to be failing to control the two factions as the clashes continued in defiance of the truce deal.