September 16, 2008

Gaza Gunfight Kills 11

Eleven people, including a Hamas police officer, were killed in a gunfight Tuesday in the city of Gaza, Hamas officials said.

The incident began when two members of a Palestinian Doghmush clan, described by Hamas as a family involved in political and criminal activity, resisted arrest, CNN reported.

The violence started when two men wanted by police allegedly opened fire when authorities tried to arrest them, a Hamas source told CNN.

A gun battle took place in the crowded area of Gaza, with machine-gun fire and explosions heard throughout the city, witnesses told the BBC.

The British broadcaster said one report indicated the 11 dead included two bystanders, one Hamas police officer and eight members of the Doghmush family. Forty people were reported wounded.