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PALESTINIAN INFIGHTING RAGES ON
Arabs Declare Internal Ceasefire, But Infighting Rages On
By Hana Levi Julian- Arutz Sheva

Four days of escalating PA violence allegedly ended Sunday night in a fragile ceasefire between Arab terrorist gangs in Gaza. Bullets were still flying on local streets on Monday.

Shots rang out at dawn Monday in front of the home of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas as Hamas and Fatah terrorists exchanged gunfire in a budding civil war.

By morning's light, a fierce firefight had already cleared the street outside the home of the head of the Palestinian Preventive Security Service, Fatah strongman Muhammed Dahlan.

The clashes did not bode well for an alleged ceasefire that had been negotiated a scant few hours earlier.

It was left to a senior official in a smaller, neutral terror organization, Rabbah Muhanna, to announce to reporters after midnight Sunday that the two warring Arab factions had agreed to a truce. “Both sides are serious about the agreement,” he said, despite the obvious fact that neither group had sent a representative to the news conference.

Three Palestinian Authority residents were killed and at least 15 wounded on Sunday in violence that mirrored the civil war that Hamas leaders claimed the Fatah faction started.

The ceasefire, negotiated by an Egyptian delegation working with three smaller terror groups - Islamic Jihad, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - missed its mark of stopping the infighting and the blood running in the streets.

According to the ceasefire agreement, Fatah and Hamas would resume talks towards a unity government, cease carrying arms in public, and release all those kidnapped on both sides.

Minutes before the Egyptian-brokered deal was announced, officials were informed that terrorists in Jabalyeh, just north of Gaza city, had executed Adnan Rahmi, a 42-year-old PA security officer who had been kidnapped earlier in the day. His body was dumped at a hospital in northern Gaza.

An assassination attempt last Thursday on the life of PA Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh touched off a new firestorm of battles in Gaza between his Hamas terror group and gunmen from PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction.

Abbas’ announcement Saturday that he intends to dissolve the government and call new elections kicked up the fighting another notch, and by Sunday morning, both groups were trying to kill each others’ leaders. Fatah announced that if Dahlan is targeted, so would be Haniyeh and other Hamas leaders.