Gaza Strip clan leader says he will return to enclave

Other News Materials 3 August 2008 17:09 (UTC +04:00)

The injured leader of the Fatah-allied Palestinian clan at the centre of the worst clashes in the Gaza Strip in a year, on Sunday vowed to return and lashed out at the militant Islamic Hamas movement, dpa reported.

Hamas, Ahmed Hilles said, did not want "to see such a big and strong family like mine," referring to the enclave's influential Hilles clan, Israel's Ynet news website reported.

"Hamas knows it will pay a price for the blood spilt," Hilles was quoted as saying.

More than 180 clan members and supporters fled the Hilles clan stronghold of Seja'eya in eastern Gaza City amid clashes between the clan and Hamas security forces Saturday in which nine people were killed and dozens injured.

Israel allowed them entry late Saturday. Hilles, who was on Sunday being treated at an Israeli hospital for a leg injury, and several clan members were quoted in the Ynet news report.