Fresh clashes erupt in
alJazeera.net, January 29 - Palestinian factions have clashed again in
Gun battles between Hamas and Fatah raged throughout the night across the territory, where three people were killed in the southern town of
The unprecedented violence, the worst since Hamas's shock election win a year ago, has scuttled intermittent talks on forming a national unity government and left the Gaza Strip teetering on the brink of civil war.
"I invite my brothers of the Palestinian people, represented by their leaders ... to a quick meeting in their brotherly homeland
Khaled Meshaal, the ruling Hamas movement's political chief, and Mahmud Abbas, the Fatah party leader and Palestinian president, both welcomed the offer, though no date for the meeting has yet been announced.
Several previous efforts to end the feuding, including a rare meeting between Meshaal and Abbas in
Ismail Haniya, the Palestinian prime minister who belongs to Hamas, on Sunday urged an end to the conflict, which spilled over into the occupied
"We call on all the Palestinian people to protect national unity, to make the language of dialogue and reason prevail, to withdraw weapons from the streets, and put an end to the tensions," he said.
But the killings and tit-for-tat abductions have continued in both the Gaza Strip and the occupied
An explosion early on Sunday morning rocked the
Anti-tank rockets and mortar shells were also fired at Fatah's police headquarters.
Also on Sunday, Fatah supporters, many of them masked, set ablaze the
Hamas fighters in turn seized Shabn Abu Assar, the chief of the Palestinian security forces for
Among the victims were an 11-year-old boy caught in the crossfire on Saturday night and a two-year-old child killed by a stray bullet during a firefight in Khan Younis on Friday.
Roadblocks set up
The territory has become deserted, with shopkeepers boarding up shops and staying in the relative safety of their homes.
Hamas has called on Abbas, who is outside the territory, to return home immediately to help put an end to the bloodshed.
The Arab League has condemned the fighting as "irrational and unacceptable" and Alvaro