Twelve Dead in Gaza City Shootout

Ad Feedback - GAZA CITY - Hamas security police raided a neighborhood of the Palestinian Doghmush clan before dawn Tuesday to arrest a man they said killed a policeman during an attempted arrest Monday.

The ensuing gunfight, which lasted for hours, killed 10 members of the Doghmush clan, one Hamas member, and an area resident caught in the crossfire.

Among the fatalities was the infant daughter of Zakaria Doghmush, secretary general of the Popular Resistance Committees, a terror group affiliated with Hamas.

In the gunbattle, which raged for hours, dozens of bystanders were wounded, including Army of Islam leader Mumtaz Doghmush, who was one of the terrorists involved in the June 25, 2006, kidnapping of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Corporal Gilad Shalit.

According to eyewitness reports, the firefight included the use of mortar shells, one reportedly landing near the house of senior Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Zahar. Hamas has not confirmed nor denied the report.

In July, similar assaults sent nearly 200 members of the Fatah-affiliated clan fleeing their homes and seeking refuge in Israel.

After Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refused to allow them to come to Ramallah, Israel helped transport them to Jericho to resettle there.

Sources: Ynet news, The Associated Press

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