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Gunmen open fire at Fatah official in Gaza

Feb. 16, 2015 1:08 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 18, 2015 2:34 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Fatah official said Monday that masked gunmen opened fire at him in Gaza City, injuring two bodyguards.

Mamoon Sweidan, a Fatah official in the Gaza office for foreign relations, told Ma'an that two masked gunmen driving a Subaru car opened fire at him as he attempted to enter his vehicle outside of the al-Saadi building where he lives.

Two of his bodyguards exchanged shots with the gunmen and were hit during the attack, he added.

Sweidan said that the shooting was a clear assassination attempt.

The incident is the latest in a string of tit-for-tat attacks between Fatah and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

On Sunday, attackers in Gaza poured flammable liquid on the car of Fatah official Abed al-Munim Ramadan Tahrawi before setting it ablaze and fleeing the scene.

Earlier in the day, arsonists in Jabaliya in northern Gaza set fire to a car belonging to a senior official in the interior ministry of the former Hamas-run government.

In January, the car of Fatah official Adil Udeid was set on fire in Gaza after flammable liquid was poured on the vehicle, which was parked in front of the official's home.

Unidentified assailants also blew up a car belonging to Fatah leader Ahmad Alwan in Gaza City.

On Jan. 20, unidentified assailants blew up a private car belonging to a security officer of the former Hamas-run government in Gaza City.

The incidents have triggered angry exchanges between Hamas and Fatah leaders, potentially endangering the unity government that was agreed upon in April after seven years of political division between the West Bank and Gaza.

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