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Grenade thrown into Gaza home of Fatah official

Jan. 29, 2015 7:07 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 31, 2015 8:40 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Unknown assailants threw a grenade into the home of a Fatah official in Gaza on Thursday, officials told Ma'an.

Assistant deputy of the Palestinian Civil Affairs Ministry, Naser al-Sarraj, told Ma'an that a grenade was thrown into his home in the al-Rimal neighborhood of Gaza City while he was traveling back to Gaza from Ramallah.

The grenade failed to explode.

In December, owners of several cement companies in Gaza attacked al-Sarraj after raiding his office, claiming that the minister was not fairly distributing cement for the reconstruction of Gaza.

The suspected grenade attack is the latest in a string of incidents targeting both Fatah and Hamas officials in Gaza.

On Tuesday, the car of Fatah official Adil Udeid was set on fire after flammable liquid was poured on the vehicle, which was parked in front of the official's home.

Last Thursday, unidentified assailants blew up a car belonging to Fatah leader Ahmad Alwan in Gaza City.

On Jan. 20, unidentified assailants blew up a private car belonging to a security officer of the former Hamas-run government in Gaza City.

Initial investigations, he added, suggest that an improvised explosive device was set under the vehicle which was parked in front of the officer's house.

The incidents have triggered angry exchanges between Hamas and Fatah leaders, potentially endangering the unity government that was agreed upon in April after seven years of political division between the West Bank and Gaza.

Some have blamed the attacks on factions in Gaza adamant on undermining the national unity agreement, while others point to rising public anger over the PA's failure to ensure meaningful reconstruction in the wake of the Israeli assault over summer that left 2,200 dead and around 110,000 homeless.
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