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A 51-year old woman was killed Saturday during clashes between Hamas security members and militants from the small Islamic Jihad group in southern Gaza, medics and Hamas said.
It was not clear how Hayam Sakr was caught in the cross fire. Eight other people were injured in the clashes that erupted the town of Rafah. The break down of injuries was not immediately available.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad had different stories of why the fighting started. Ihab al-Ghusain, a Hamas security spokesman, said the clashes erupted following a brawl between Islamic Jihad members and a Hamas supporter.
Islamic Jihad officials said the fighting began after Hamas members stopped one of their members in his car, and refused to let him go. Mutual kidnapping followed and clashes spread around the town.
The tension in the south came as Hamas security were engaged in clashes with a large Fatah-affiliated clan in Gaza City. Two people were killed, including a 13-year old, and twenty were injured in those clashes.