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UPDATED: 20:57, June 14, 2007
16 killed in factional clashes in Gaza - TV
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The fighting between rival Hamas and Fatah movements in Gaza on Thursday killed 16 Palestinians, most of them are Fatah members, pan-Arab satellite television al- Jazeera reported.

Most of the casualties were caused as Hamas captured the Fatah- allied preventative security headquarters in Gaza, where at least 14 Palestinians were killed, al-Jazeera said.

The al-Jazeera footage showed that the half naked Fatah security members were stepping out of the headquarters building in line under the gun of Hamas militants.

So far, most of the Fatah posts in Gaza have fallen into Hamas, which in fact has gripped the Gaza Strip.

At least 14 people were killed and 80 wounded during the clashes around the main Preventive Security compound in Gaza City, paramedics confirmed on Thursday noon.

Mua'wia Hassanin, director of ambulance service, added that a number of the wounded were in critical condition. He was unauthorized to clarify their affiliation.

Witnesses in Tal al-Hawwa neighborhood in southern Gaza city said that the PS headquarter was under Hamas' grasp.

It's one of the four biggest security compounds that Fatah controls.

Meanwhile, a civilian and a member of Hamas were killed in separated shootings in southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis, witnesses and Hamas sources said.

The ongoing incidents increase the death toll to 79. The number covers five days of violence.

Source: Xinhua


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