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Tuesday, 24 July, 2001, 05:51 GMT 06:51 UK
Palestinians fight each other
Demonstrators shout slogans against the Palestinian Authority
Angry scenes in Gaza City tipped over into violence
Palestinian police have clashed with gunmen in the Gaza Strip during a demonstration outside the house of military intelligence chief, Moussa Arafat.

Shots were fired at the house in Gaza City on Monday night as about a thousand people - many of them supporters of the Hamas-dominated Popular Resistance Movement (PRM) - protested against arrests carried out by the Palestinian security forces.

Hamas protesters
The Palestinian Authority is under pressure to crack down on extremists

There were no immediate reports on injuries in the violence which follows pressure on the Palestinian Authority to suppress activists engaged in anti-Israeli attacks.

On Sunday, three members of the PRM were shot and wounded by police at a Palestinian checkpoint.

Teenager killed

In refugee camps in the Gaza Strip late on Monday the PRM called on Palestinians not to accept the apparent Palestinian Authority crackdown and accused the PA of acting in collaboration with Israel.

On the West Bank, the body of an Israeli teenager has been handed over to the Israeli army by Palestinian authorities.

Palestinian officials say they found the body in territory under Israeli security control.

Israeli military officials say the boy was shot and stabbed to death in Palestinian-run Ramallah before his killers moved the body to Israeli-controlled territory.

Monitors debate

The death brings to 53 the number of people killed since a US-brokered ceasefire was declared on 13 June.

The United States said on Monday it was discussing with Israel and the Palestinians the possibility of increasing the number of CIA personnel assigned to help monitor the truce, but no decision had been made.

"It's a subject that we're discussing with the parties in general, and I just don't have any details to share at this time," State Department spokesman Phillip Reeker told reporters.

Last week foreign ministers from the Group of Eight industrial nations called for international monitors in the Middle East.

Israel rejected any such deployment, but Palestinians have appealed for international protection against what they describe as the Israeli army's disproportionate response to the uprising.

The BBC's Kylie Morris
"The resistance groups call on the people of Gaza to demonstrate"
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