Hamas forces in Gaza raided the compound of a powerful Palestinian clan, killing at least 11.
Several clan members, including an infant, a Hamas policeman and a young boy caught in the cross-fire were killed in the clashes early Tuesday.
The Hamas police raided the family compound of the Doghmush clan, which is connected to both terrorist and criminal organizations, including al-Qaida. Clan members also have connections with both Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah. Some clan members were involved in the March 2007 kidnapping of BBC reporter Alan Johnston, who was held for four months, Reuters reported.
The raid came after a clan member killed a Hamas policeman while resisting arrest. The clan refused to turn the shooter over to police, sparking the violence.