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Five dead in Palestinian shootout in Gaza

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Five dead in Palestinian shootout in Gaza


At least five people have been killed in Gaza in the worst bout of fighting in recent weeks between forces loyal to the Palestinian president and the Hamas government. The rivals agreed a fragile truce two weeks ago. At least nine people have been wounded in a series of separate incidents across the Gaza Strip.

Fatah and Hamas declared the ceasefire in the wake of violence that erupted after Mahmoud Abbas called for early elections to break a political deadlock over forming a unity government.

The Islamists described Abbas’ move as a coup, less than a year after they beat Fatah at the polls. Both groups claim the other instigated today’s bloodshed.

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