hree Palestinians die in clashes between Hamas Executive Forces and members
of Islamic Jihad
Date: 02 / 08 / 2007 Time: 15:53
Gaza - Ma'an - Three Palestinians have died on Thursday, during clashes
between what appears to be members of the Hamas Executive Forces and the
Islamic Jihad movement in the Gaza Strip. Seven people were wounded.
Among the dead are Nidal Ad Daya, 20, from the Islamic Jihad movement, and
Salah Amoudi, 37, from the Fatah movement. The identity of the third
casualty remains unknown as of yet.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs from the deposed government said that it is
conducting an investigation into the killings, especially the death of
Amoudi. He was gunned down by unknown gunmen after he left a local mosque at
dawn, in the Sabra district.
The An Nasser Salah Ad Din Brigades, affiliated to the Popular Resistance
Committees, succeeded in mediating between Hamas and the Islamic Jihad.
Sources within the brigades said that their leader, Zakaria Doghmosh,
intervened personally to persuade the parties against fighting.
The clashes started late on Tuesday, at a wedding, when Islamic Jihad
members were shooting in the air as part of the celebrations, and Executive
Force members arrived on the scene, telling them to stop firing their guns.
Khadir Habib, a prominent leader of Islamic Jihad, said the Executive Force
launched an arrest campaign against the movement's members. Habib told Ma'an
that he was at the wedding when the clashes erupted. He expressed his
surprise at the arrests of Islamic Jihad operatives that ensued on
Wednesday, calling the situation "very dangerous."
The leader of the Executive Force, Islam Shahwan, affirmed that "nobody is
above the law; families or factions." He stated that the Executive Force
intervened, so as to ask the family members to hand over their weapons, but
they refused to do so.