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May 9, 2006
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Three Palestinians were killed in clashes between Hamas and Fatah militiamen. Monday’s street battles in the southern Gaza Strip were the bloodiest between the factions since Hamas crushed Fatah in January elections and assumed power. Hamas said its gunmen opened fire to defend comrades kidnapped by Fatah in the town of Khan Yunis. At least nine people were wounded. The violence followed failed weekend talks between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the Fatah leader, and Hamas’ prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, on resolving power-sharing disputes.

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