PA officer killed in internal Palestinian violence

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October 22, 2006 23:31

 
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A Palestinian security officer was killed Sunday night in internal Palestinian violence in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian security officials said. The man worked for Preventive Security, a security organization allied with President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction, the officials said. The identity of the assailants was not immediately known, but the officials linked the killing to internal Palestinian violence that has been raging in the Gaza Strip for weeks. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters. Fatah is embroiled in a feud with Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the government in the Palestinian Authority. At least 14 people have been killed in street violence between forces loyal to the rivals. Early Sunday, a Fatah activist was killed in a clash with Hamas gunmen.

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