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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Palestinian Civil War Watch - Palestinian gunmen kill senior Hamas member, wound two in Gaza

HaAretz reports that unidentified Palestinian gunmen shot dead a senior Hamas activist in the Gaza Strip tonight, according to Palestinian medics and a security source.

They said that unknown gunmen shot and killed 25-year old Mohammed Tatar, a senior member of Hamas's military wing, as he was driving near Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's office in Gaza city.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

Separately on Tuesday night, masked gunmen in the Khan Yunis area shot and critically wounded another senior member of Hamas's military wing and wounded a second Hamas member.

Palestinian gunmen also stormed the headquarters of mobile company Jawwal in Gaza on Tuesday, to protest having their phones cut off.

They said around 20 gunmen entered the building saying their cellphone memory cards were not working. A short while later they began shooting, damaging over 10 computers but causing no casualties.

Jawwal, is the mobile subsidiary of Palestinian telecommunications firm PalTel, which operates in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Employees said the firm's managers were mulling whether to cut services in Gaza on Wednesday in protest at the attack. The building is close to a complex which houses a number of Palestinian security services.


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