AlJazeera.net, January 29 - Hamas has accused Fatah, the Palestinian president's movement, of mounting a plot to overthrow the Hamas-led government and vowed to avenge its members killed in factional fighting.
But Tawfiq Abu Khoussa, a Fatah spokesman, blamed Hamas for starting the latest round of fighting. "We in Fatah did not stop the dialogue," he said, referring to talks on a national unity government.
At least 48 Palestinians have been killed since Abbas called for new elections last month.
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The streets of
But Fatah and Hamas clashed again near the Islamic University, killing at least two in some of the fiercest fighting since Hamas's election victory a year ago.
One of the dead was believed to be a university student who was caught in the crossfire, witnesses said. Several people were also injured in the clash.
A member of the Hamas-led police force died of his wounds overnight, hospital officials said, bringing the toll from Friday's factional fighting to 18.
Hamas mounted an overnight raid on the
Grenades were also fired at the home of Rashid Abu Shbak, an Abbas loyalist in charge of internal security in the Palestinian Authority. It was unclear whether Shbak was home at the time, but no injuries were reported.
Fighting also took place outside the home Abbas, and the home of Mahmoud Zahar, the Hamas foreign minister. Hamas officials said Zahar's home was damaged by two rocket-propelled grenades.
Hamas has said any new elections would amount to a coup. It has struggled to govern since taking office in March under the weight of sanctions imposed because of its refusal to recognise
Abbas and Khaled Meshaal, the leader of Hamas, pledged a week ago to curb Palestinian bloodshed after inconclusive talks to end their power struggle and form a unity government.
Abbas, currently in
Hamas marked the anniversary of its election victory over Fatah on Friday, but celebrations were scaled down because of the violence and some rallies were moved or cancelled. Agencies