At least 27 men injured in fighting in gaza between rival Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas
The fighting began in the southern town of Rafah,
where a Fatah member died in a gun battle on Thursday.
Fighting between Fatah and Hamas has killed more than 45 since mid-May. Hamas and Fatah fighters clashed using rocket-propelled grenades and machineguns. The local hospital was so filled with injured it had to send many of the injured to other hospitals for treatment, medical officials said. A ceasefire agreed by Hamas and Fatah in May has been under threat in the last week after a member of forces loyal to Fatah was killed. Palestinian militants used an armored jeep to burst through the Kissufim border crossing, and attacked a nearby Israeli army post, leading to a gun battle. There were no Israeli casualties, one Palestinian was killed. The attack was launched by two Palestinian militant groups, Islamic Jihad and al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade.