December 29, 2008 / 10:23 AM / 9 years ago

Palestinians settle old scores in Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) - A gunman on a motorbike shot dead a fellow Palestinian near a Gaza hospital on Monday as militants settled scores with those suspected of collaboration with Israel, which is carrying out air strikes against Hamas.

Witnesses said the gunman fired three times into the head and chest of a man who fled from detention on Sunday after an Israeli air attack blew up the security complex housing Gaza’s main prison.

The police stations of Hamas Islamists who control Gaza have been destroyed by air strikes, but armed militants are out on the streets of the city.

Residents said a second suspected collaborator who also fled the prison was shot by relatives of a militant whose death was blamed on Israeli collaborators.

Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi, writing by Douglas Hamilton, editing by Richard Balmforth

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