There have been reports of continuing heavy gunfire in the Gaza Strip, despite a reported ceasefire between the main rival Palestinian factions. Hamas and Fatah are said to have reached an agreement aimed at ending the escalating violence between all armed Palestinian groups. News of the deal came at a press conference convened by militant factions loyal to both sides. “First we call for an immediate cease-fire, second a retreat of all armed militants from the streets and a return of security guards to their positions before the start of these events, third a stopping of all media campaigns and especially those inciting violence,” said Abu Ahmed, the spokesman for Islamic Jihad.
However, neither Hamas nor Fatah themelves were represented at the press conference.“I want to assure you that Hamas and Fatah have completely agreed on all points, but there are some problems still happening on the streets and both Hamas and Fatah are following up on them.” said a spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
Forces loyal to both parties had fought violent battles across Gaza over the weekend. Two people were killed and several wounded. This latest unrest was sparked on Saturday by a call for early presidential and parliamentary elections by Abbas.