Palestinian security men, Hamas gunmen killed in West Bank clashes
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Soldiers of Palestinian National Authority (PNA) security forces guard near the scene where clashes occurred between PNA security forces and armed men from Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the West Bank city of Qalqilya, May 31, 2009. Three security men loyal to PNA president Mahmoud Abbas, two Hamas militants and the owner of the building where the Hamas gunmen returned to, were killed in the clashes. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)

Soldiers of Palestinian National Authority (PNA) security forces guard near the scene where clashes occurred between PNA security forces and armed men from Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the West Bank city of Qalqilya, May 31, 2009. Three security men loyal to PNA president Mahmoud Abbas, two Hamas militants and the owner of the building where the Hamas gunmen returned to, were killed in the clashes. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)
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    RAMALLAH, May 31 (Xinhua) -- At least six Palestinians were killed early Sunday in fierce clashes between Palestinian National Authority (PNA) security forces and armed men from Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the West Bank city of Qalqilya, witnesses and sources said.

    The witnesses told Xinhua that three security men loyal to PNA president Mahmoud Abbas, two Hamas militants and the owner of the building where the Hamas gunmen returned to, were killed in the clashes.

Soldiers of Palestinian National Authority (PNA) security forces guard near the scene where clashes occurred between PNA security forces and armed men from Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the West Bank city of Qalqilya, May 31, 2009. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)
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    Security sources said that the troubles started shortly before midnight when two gunmen fired at Palestinian forces, escaped to a building and refused to surrender.

    A joint force from pro-Abbas apparatuses was called and the armed clashes lasted until dawn. The PNA's troops entered the building in the morning hours after it made sure the militants were killed.

    Earlier, Hamas' al-Aqsa satellite channel, based in Gaza, reported that the Palestinian forces were trying to arrest two members of the movement's military wing in the West Bank and called on the Palestinian people to take to the streets in protests.

    Sunday incidents were the first violent clashes between Hamas and pro-Abbas forces in the West Bank since Hamas took over control of the Gaza Strip in 2007.

Soldiers of Palestinian National Authority (PNA) security forces block the way to the scene where clashes occurred between PNA security forces and armed men from Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the West Bank city of Qalqilya, May 31, 2009.

Soldiers of Palestinian National Authority (PNA) security forces block the way to the scene where clashes occurred between PNA security forces and armed men from Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the West Bank city of Qalqilya, May 31, 2009. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)
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    Abbas and his Fatah movement consolidated their rule in the West Bank after they lost Gaza in the deadly fighting. Hamas holds sway in the coastal Strip and Fatah accuses it of cracking down against Fatah supporters and members.


Fatah, Hamas trade accusations over W Bank shootout

    GAZA/RAMALLAH, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Rival Fatah and Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) on Sunday traded accusations over armed clashes in the West Bank city of Qalqilya that killed six people.

    Witnesses told Xinhua that three security forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas, two Hamas militants and the owner of a building in which the Hamas gunmen took refuge, were killed in the gunbattle that lasted for nine hours. Full story

Fatah says 16 members arrested by Hamas in Gaza

    GAZA, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Fatah movement's armed wing, accused Hamas security forces on Sunday of arresting 16 Fatah members in the Gaza Strip.

    The group said in a leaflet that security forces with the deposed government of Hamas in Gaza had carried out a large campaign of arrests of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades members. Full story

Hamas says Abbas forces attack in W Bank "high treason"

    RAMALLAH, May 31 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Gaza on Sunday slammed Palestinian security forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas over armed clashes with its militants in the West Bank city of Qalqilya.

    Ihab al-Ghussein, Interior Ministry spokesman for the deposed Hamas government in Gaza, said in a statement that "the security forces attack in Qalqilya is a real high treason." Full story

Hamas holds Abbas responsible for West Bank clashes

    GAZA, May 31 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic Hamas movement on Sunday blamed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah party for the killing of two Hamas militants during a gun battle in the West Bank.

    Three Palestinian policemen and the owner of the house where the Hamas militants were based also died in the fierce clashes in Qalqilya city early Sunday, witnesses and security sources said. Full story

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