31 May 2009

West Bank fighting kills six

6:06 pm on 31 May 2009

Three policemen from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's security forces, two Hamas gunmen and a bystander have been killed in exchanges of gunfire in the West Bank.

Palestinian officials say the clashes erupted after the president's Fatah dominated forces raided a neighbourhood in the city of Qalqilya to arrest Hamas gunmen.

Security officials said earlier that a Hamas militant was also killed.

Mr Abbas's forces have imposed a curfew on the city.