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8 Killed, 20 Injured in Hamas-Fatah Gunbattle as israel seek's peace

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip Hamas gunmen on Tuesday ambushed rival Fatah forces near a key crossing along the Israeli border, killing eight people in the deadliest battle yet in three days of factional fighting.

The incident briefly drew Israeli gunfire, threatening to drag Israel into the conflict at a time when its prime minister said his country was ready to discuss an Arab initiative that offers peace for land.

At least 18 people have died in the fighting, bringing life in Gaza to a standstill and pushing the fragile Palestinian unity government closer to collapse. Hamas and Fatah formed the union to end months of violence.

Tuesday's fighting began when Hamas gunmen approached a training base used by Fatah forces that guard the crossing, officials said. The base was set up in part by a U.S. security team sent to train Palestinians on how to check cargo and bags at crossings.


Added: May-15-2007 
By: golem
Tags: hamas, fatah, palestinian, israel, islam, war, gaza, terrorist
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