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Fresh Gaza violence raises doubts over government

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Fresh Gaza violence raises doubts over government


There is growing concern Palestinian leaders are losing control over their militia as yet another official ceasefire goes ignored. Gunfire continued to ring out across Gaza last night. President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh’s Hamas were to have ceased fighting at 8pm local time.

But five gunmen died in clashes shortly after – increasing speculation the two-month-old unity government is verging on collapse. At least 25 people were killed in fighting yesterday alone. The violence appears to be getting worse, not better. While Hamas and Fatah continue to battle for control of Gaza’s streets, rockets have also been fired into southern Israel.

Israel responded with a series of air strikes yesterday, killing at least four Hamas militants.

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