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In pictures: Gaza fighting worsens

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a joint press conference with the visiting Dutch foreign minister, Maxime Verhagen, in Ramallah

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has appealed to all factions to stop the "madness" of the fighting in Gaza.

A wounded Palestinian man is driven on top of a car to a hospital in Gaza City

The clashes between Hamas and Fatah militants have left dozens of people dead.

Palestinian Fatah militants fight Hamas in Gaza City

Mr Abbas, who leads Fatah, warned the violence could bring Gaza to the point of collapse.

Palestinian militants from Hamas take cover during a gun battle with Fatah militants in Gaza City

Hamas men appeared to be systematically taking over Fatah-controlled buildings throughout Gaza.

An elderly woman is helped out of the firing line in Gaza City

An international human rights group accused both factions of committing serious violations of international humanitarian law.

Palestinians demonstrate in the West Bank city of Ramallah against the violence in Gaza

Palestinians in the West Bank also appealed to Mr Abbas to stop the fighting.

Militants from the Fatah-linked al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades get into a car in Nablus

The fighting then spilled over into the West Bank, with a gun battle breaking out in the northern town of Nablus.

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