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Arabs Killed, Wounded, & Abducted as Terror Infighting Resumes

Terrorist infighting is raging in Gaza, with 2 dead and 8 wounded. Six Hamas members have been abducted, and shots were fired at the home of a PA Minister and at diplomatic missions in Ramallah.
By Alex Traiman
First Publish: 1/26/2007, 8:46 AM / Last Update: 1/26/2007, 10:03 AM

More than 60 members of the Fatah and Hamas terror movements have been killed during bloody inter-Arab street fighting since December.

A Hamas terrorist was killed and eight others were wounded, including two children, when a roadside bomb exploded Thursday night in Gaza. A member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a terror unit aligned with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party was shot dead in northern Gaza just hours later.

Fatah accused Hamas of "executing" their member. Local residents said that Hamas forces surrounded his home following the explosion of the bomb that killed their gunman earlier in the day.

Six Hamas militants were then abducted early Friday morning in the town of Beit Lahiya.

In addition, shots were sprayed toward the Gaza home of PA Foreign Minister Mahmoud Al-Zahar.

Shots were also fired Thursday night at Canadian and German missions, as well as at a local bank. No casualties were reported in either incident, as all the buildings were empty at the time.

Earlier this week, Hamas and Fatah had resumed ongoing talks on forming a "unity" coalition government. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas recently held an unsuccessful meeting in Damascus with Hamas Politbureau Chief Khaled Meshaal to negotiate details.

Abbas gave a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos Thursday, endorsing resumption of final-status peace negotiations with Israel, despite the fact the PA may be on the brink of civil war.

Tensions began exactly one year ago when Hamas achieved a legislative victory for the first time in the PA parliament. Hamas had been planning to conduct a large rally in Gaza Friday to celebrate the anniversary.