Fatah Official Kidnapped in Gaza

Senior Fatah official kidnapped, explosion kills 3 at funeral
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2007 9:32 AM CST
Palestinian relatives of Fatah militant Sulyman Yassin, react at the family house during his funeral in Gaza City, Friday, Dec. 14, 2007. Yassin was one of three militants killed Thursday in an Israeli...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A top Fatah official was kidnapped by 30 gunmen of rival Palestinian faction Hamas, who ransacked his family home in Gaza early this morning and accused him of collaborating with Israel. Omar Al-Ghoul, adviser to the Palestinian prime minister appointed after Hamas seized control of the Strip, was in Gaza for his mother-in-law's funeral.

Also today, three people were killed and 30 mourners injured when an explosion rocked a Gaza funeral procession. The funeral was being held for three militants killed in an Israeli strike; the explosion might have been accidental, as ritual gunfire is typical of Gaza funerals. In yet more trouble in Gaza, yesterday an attempted kidnapping of another Fatah official failed.