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5 killed, 50 wounded in clashes between Hamas, fringe group


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Five people were killed and at least 50 wounded in gunfights between Hamas forces and Islamist extremists from a Palestinian group calling itself Jund Ansar Allah, when the latter defied the Hamas rulers of Gaza on Friday by declaring an "Islamic emirate" in the territory and staging a defiant display of arms, Channel 2 reported Friday evening.

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.
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Though the "Warriors of God" rallied only a few hundred men for their event at a Gaza mosque, it was the latest challenge to Hamas's nationalist brand of Palestinian Islam by groups espousing a pan-Arab militancy aligned with al-Qaida, Reuters reported.

The Palestinian news agency WAFA said members of Jund Ansar Allah were engaged in armed clashes with Hamas in the southern town of Rafah.

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Added: Aug-14-2009 
By: ellhow
Iraq, Afghanistan, Middle East
Tags: Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, Al Qaida, Gaza Strip
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