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Gunmen kill Hamas member in Gaza
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Masked gunmen have killed a member of the governing Palestinian group Hamas and wounded two others in Gaza City.

The three men were abducted as they left a mosque and were left wounded at a petrol station in southern Gaza.

One of the men, who had been shot in the abdomen, died from his wounds.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes amid a power struggle between Hamas and the police dominated by former ruling party Fatah.

Nine people have been killed in a string of incidents between Hamas and Fatah this month.

The fighting intensified during the past week after the Hamas-led government deployed its own security forces in the streets to combat, it said, a wave of lawlessness in the Gaza Strip.

Wednesday's incident began after morning prayers when a car pulled up and gunmen bundled the three men inside, Hamas officials said.

About 15 minutes later, the three men were found lying in the street, two of them with leg wounds. The man who died, Salem Kadih, 22, was wounded in the stomach and leg.


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