Hamas burning, looting homes; rounding up weapons

Fatah officials reported Saturday that the Hamas were burning and looting their offices and homes. Hamas were said to be rounding up weapons from Fatah and security men. A wanted Fatah official by Israel was reported to say he'd rather be in Israel than caught by the Hamas. Also, due to the violence in the Strip, all trade connections with Israel have been cut off. Israel Radio reported that 100 kilograms of bananas and potatoes were left to rot on the Karni Crossing, and that the fighting in the Strip had caused damage of NIS 5 million to the Israeli agricultural industry.