From the Washington Post, or as Hugh Fitzgerald calls it, the Bandar Beacon:
JERUSALEM — The former head of general security in Gaza, Moussa Arafat, was killed early Wednesday when gunmen stormed his Gaza City home and shot him, Palestinian officials and witnesses said. The incident threatened to aggravate tensions among Palestinian factions now struggling for power in the Gaza Strip following Israel’s evacuation of its 21 Jewish settlements there.
Witnesses said Arafat, 65, a cousin of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, was killed shortly before 5 a.m. Moussa Arafat’s son, Nimhel, who also worked in the security services, was missing. Witnesses said it was unclear if he had been kidnapped or had managed to escape.
Arafat’s appointment last year to be head of security in Gaza, one of the three most powerful posts in the strip, sparked the most serious internal strife in years among Palestinians. The decision triggered an uprising in the streets by the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, the armed wing of Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement, whose young leaders had been calling for sweeping changes inside the ruling Palestinian Authority.
Members of al-Aqsa sacked the authority’s military intelligence headquarters and burned other offices in the strip. Yasser Arafat was forced two days later to place his cousin under the authority of Brig. Gen. Abdel Razek Majaide, who was named head of security for all of the Palestinian territories.
Moussa Arafat escaped injury in October when a car bomb exploded near his convoy in Gaza City, an attack he called an assassination attempt. He was removed from his job in April by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who replaced Yasser Arafat after his death in November…