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Friday, November 19, 2010

Fatah firefight - in Egypt

Who knew that our favorite moderate Arabs were also being peaceful in Egypt?
A number of Palestinian officers affiliated to Fatah movement living in the Egyptian town of El-Arish clashed with Egyptian citizens from the Al-Fawakhriyeh tribe in a northern Sinai brawl Thursday night.

The severity of the clash led to a closure of the road between the city and Rafah, the border town split between Egypt and Gaza, for more than two hours overnight. Police said several cars were damaged and one man injured before police and security forces arrived on the scene.

According to the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masri, a Palestinian officer renting an apartment from one of the sons of the tribe in El-Arish got into a fight with his landlord, and was told to get out of the apartment immediately.

During the ensuing clash, which fellow Fatah-affiliates living in the region soon joined, the two sides exchanged gunfire, injuring one man from the Al-Fawakhriyeh tribe, who was evacuated to hospital for treatment, officers told Ma'an.