A second ceasefire called by the Palestinian leadership to end the bloodletting between Fatah and Hamas is in force in Gaza, but gunfire has been heard throughout the night. President Mahmoud Abbas, in the West Bank, is travelling everywhere with an increased security guard despite the fact that the violence is in Gaza.
A single shot and everyone jumps, such is the tension. The ceasefire was brokered by Egypt, and Fatah and Hamas armed militants have been withdrawing from positions in Gaza, and dismantling roadblocks. A joint operations room is to be set up, but Abbas has repeated he wants early elections, something Hamas opposes; “Our future as I said, we called for early elections not to be on one side but because we saw it as our last choice”. Hamas says any early poll amounts to a “coup”, and it would boycott it. It accuses the US of trying to topple the government