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Laila El-Hadded Reports On How Recent Fighting in Gaza Has Paralyzed Civilian Life
We turn now to Gaza where at least twenty Palestinians were killed Wednesday in fierce internal fighting between the two main factions Hamas and Fatah. As many as 45 people have died with more than 100 wounded in four days of violence.
The rival groups agreed to their fourth truce in as many days Wednesday in a bid to stop the fighting. The truce has appeared to take hold as President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah is due to travel to Gaza for talks with Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya.
Meanwhile, Israel carried out airstrikes on Gaza killing at least four Palestinians. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ordered a "severe response" after Hamas fired rockets into Israel, injuring four Israelis.
Laila El-Haddad is a Palestinian journalist and mother living in Gaza. She writes for a number of publication including Aljzeera.net and The Guardian of London. She maintains a blog called "Raising Youssef: A Diary of a Mother Under Occupation." She joins us on the line from Gaza.
* Laila El-Haddad, Palestinian journalist and mother living in Gaza. She writes for Aljazeera.net. She maintains her own blog "Raising Youssef: A Diary of a Mother Under Occupation"