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At least three hurt in clashes between Hamas, Fatah in Nablus

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Last update - 14:00 22/12/2006
At least three hurt in clashes between Hamas, Fatah in Nablus
By Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondent, and Agencies

Gunmen loyal to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah opened fire on Hamas members in the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday, wounding at least three people, hospital officials and witnesses said.

At least one of the wounded was said to be in very serious condition.

They said the gunmen opened fire as about 200 Hamas activists and armed men were preparing for a rally in the city of Nablus. There was no immediate comment from Fatah.

Violence between the rival factions has erupted since Abbas called for early elections a week ago. The two sides agreed on a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip earlier this week, following days of fighting that killed 10 people there.

Despite the two-day-old truce, a series of heavy gunbattles between Hamas and Fatah militants broke out in Gaza City early Friday.

The gunfights erupted near the Hamas-controlled Foreign Ministry and the Gaza residence of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, of Fatah. The fighting died down after about 20 minutes, as Muslim clerics and other mediators worked to restore the cease-fire. Abbas was not in Gaza at the time.

This is not a civil war as some like to say, understand that in a week of fighting their has only been 10 people killed.

When we view the picture above, we must ask what kind of people and society let their children shoot guns on the street like this kid is doing?

I am all for children learning to shoot as mine did, but they learned on a gun range not on the streets of a major city.