GAZA, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The head of a Sunnite Islamic group which clashed
with Hamas security forces since Friday, was killed, Palestinian medical sources
said on Saturday.
Clashes between Hamas security forces and Jihadi Salafi, a radical Sunnite
Islamic group, continued for the second successive day in southern Gaza Strip,
bringing the death toll to 20, medical sources and witnesses said.
Medical sources added that up to 140 people were wounded in the heavy
gunfire and explosions that have been taking place in Rafah town for the past 24
According to local sources, Sheikh Abelatif Musa, better known as Abu Noor
al-Maqdisi, spiritual leader of Jihadi Salafi, was killed when Hamas forces blew
up his house where he had holed up with a group of armed followers.
The fighting began on Friday when Sheikh Musa announced an Islamic emirate
starting from Rafah, defying Hamas which has been controlling the Gaza Strip
Following Friday prayers at Iben Taymeyah mosque, where Musa had announced
the Islamic statehood, members of Hamas military wing tried to arrest Musa,
sparking the clashes with his supporters.
Among the dead were a little girl, three boys and a local Hamas commander.
The Interior Ministry of Hamas announced that Rafah city and its hospitals
are closed to journalists "to maintain the general security," the ministry said
in a statement.
Hamas adopts medial Islam but some al-Qaida-inspired groups, such as Jund
Anssar Allah, have flourished in Gaza, posing a real threat to Hamas.
The clashes are the deadliest in months since Israel launched a 22-day
large-scale war which ended on Jan. 18 in the Hamas-ruled enclave.
Rafah gun-battle goes on, 16 killed,
Members of a group called Jund Ansar
Allah surround their leader Abdel-Latif Moussa (2nd-R) as he speaks during
Friday prayers in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip August 14, 2009.
Islamist radicals from the Palestinian group called Jund Ansar Allah
defied the Hamas rulers of Gaza on Friday by declaring an "Islamic
emirate" in the territory and staging a defiant display of
GAZA, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- After eight-hour armed fighting between Gaza
ruling Hamas security forces and militants of a pro-al-Qaida group in the
southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on Friday,16 people were killed and 120
wounded, medics and witnesses said.
According to medics at the Abu Yousef al-Najjar Hospital in the town, 16
people were killed and 120 wounded in fierce armed clashes between the two sides
near the Iben Taymeyah mosque in the town that belongs to the group. Full story
Hamas accuses pro-al-Qaida group of
violating the law
¡¡GAZA, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Spokesman of the deposed Hamas government in
Gaza accused on Friday an extremist Islamic group, affiliated with al-Qaida of
violating the law and rashly seeking to establish an Islamic Emirate.
Taher al-Nounou told a news conference in Gaza that his government "would
never let security chaos in the Gaza Strip," after eight people were killed in
fierce gun-battles between Hamas security forces and militants belong to the
group. Full story
Hamas police clash with radical
Islamic militants in S Gaza
Members of a group called Jund Ansar
Allah stands guard during Friday prayers in Ben Taymeah mosque in Rafah in
the southern Gaza Strip, Aug. 14, 2009. Islamist radicals from the
Palestinian group called Jund Ansar Allah defied the Hamas rulers of Gaza
on Friday.(Xinhua Photo)
GAZA, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Gaza ruling Islamic Hamas movement police and
radical Islamic militants exchanged fire on Friday afternoon outside a mosque in
the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, witnesses in the town said.
Palestinian medics at Rafah hospital said nine people, including two Hamas
militants and three civilian children, were injured during the clashes and that
one was seriously injured. Full story
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