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Palestinians Fire on Each Other

June 8, 2000

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) _ Palestinian intelligence officers opened fire on each other at their headquarters Thursday, and two agents were injured, in an apparent eruption of an internal power struggle.

A witness said the shootout involved about two dozen agents drawn into a rivalry between the head of the intelligence service, Maj. Gen. Amin al-Hindi, and his deputy, Tarek Abu Rajab.

Al-Hindi said in a statement that two officers opened fire on each other over a personal dispute, and that they were quickly disarmed.

The witness said the agents were holed up in two offices facing each other across a courtyard, firing assault rifles and pistols and hurling several hand grenades in a clash lasting several minutes.

Initial reports said five people were injured. Al-Hindi said two people were lightly hurt.

Military ambulances rushed to the Palestinian National Security Headquarters, where the General Intelligence Service is housed. Police sealed off the streets surrounding the building.

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