A car bomb assassination followed by a shoot out at the funeral. Just another day in Gaza City. From the Chicago Tribune:
GAZA CITY — A Palestinian militant with ties to Hamas was killed in a car bomb Friday, unleashing factional unrest that left three others dead and 35 wounded, in the first direct threat to the Islamic group’s new government.
Followers of the militant blamed security forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement for the assassination, raising the possibility of wider clashes just two days after Hamas assumed power.
Abu Yousef Abu Quka was a senior commander of the Popular Resistance Committees, an umbrella group of about 200 gunmen that has been linked to attacks on Israeli tanks and a deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic convoy in 2003.
About half the gunmen are allied with Hamas, including Abu Quka, and the other half with Fatah. Abu Quka’s supporters blamed the Fatah-dominated Preventive Security Services for his assassination; a shootout at his funeral resulted in the three additional deaths and 35 injuries…