Gjengjeldelsen mellom Hamas og Fatah har nådd et nivå hvor borgerkrigen de facto er i gang. Torsdagen ble blodig: sju mistet livet da Hamas angrep en kolonne med forsyninger til presidentgarden.
Fatah gjorde noe overraskende da de inntok Det islamske universitetet, en ren Hamas-bastion. Fatah hevder de fant åtte iranere der. En av dem sprengte seg selv i lufta. Hvis dette kan dokumenteres vil det få stor betydning. Et direkte iranske engasjement på bakken vil svekke støtten til Hamas blant sunni-landene, Jordan, Egypt og Saudi-Arabia.
On Thursday, six people died when Hamas militants hijacked a convoy delivering supplies to the Fatah-allied security forces.
The assault on the Islamic University in Gaza City began late on Thursday. Its aim was apparently to search for weapons.
It was led by the presidential guard which serves the Fatah party leader, Mr Abbas, security sources say.
At least two people were wounded in the heavy gun battle, and part of the building was on fire.
A Fatah official said seven Iranians were arrested at the university and an eighth blew himself up during the operation. Hamas denied that any non-Palestinians were inside the campus.
The storming of the university is a major psychological victory for the Fatah camp, our correspondent says.
He says the university was founded by Hamas’ late spiritual leader Sheikh Yassin, and almost all the major figures in the movement have graduated from it or taught at the campus.
The fact that it has even been targeted reveal the extent in which the latest fighting has gone beyond anything that has been seen in previous rounds of factional violence in Gaza, our correspondent says.
Den såkalte Kvartetten skal møtes idag. Ifølge BBC går Russland nå inn for at boikotten av Hamas skal avblåses.