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Hamas and Fatah clash in Gaza City
by Al Jazeera (reposted)
Sunday Dec 17th, 2006 12:53 PM
A colonel in the Palestinian national security service belonging to Fatah was kidnapped and killed on Sunday in the Gaza Strip by Hamas fighter, a Fatah spokesman said.
Adnan Rhami, 40, was abducted with two bodyguards while driving in the Jabalya camp, after which the masked kidnappers shot him and dumped his body near a hospital.

It is not known what happened to the bodyguards.

The incident came during a day of violent clashes between Fatah and Hamas supporters after Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, called for presidential and parliamentary elections to break a political impasse in the Palestinian territories.

Earlier on Sunday, a 19-year-old Palestinian woman was killed after supporters of Abbas's Fatah faction and Hamas clashed outside the presidential compound in Gaza City.

The death was the first civilian casualty since Abbas said the day before he was calling elections to try to end months of impasse during Hamas's rule.

Nour Odeh, Al Jazeera's Gaza correspondent, said a number of mortars had been fired at Abbas's city office.

The fighting came after the ruling Hamas party acccused Fatah of trying to kill the Palestinian foreign minister after shots were earlier fired at his convoy in Gaza City.

Mahmoud al-Zahar was unharmed in the attack.