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Palestinian Official: Factions Renew Deal to End Violence

A Palestinian official says factions Hamas and Fatah have again pledged to end all forms of violence, after some of the worst factional fighting in the Gaza Strip in months.

A government spokesman, Ghazi Hamad, announced the truce late Monday.

Palestinian Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti says the government has ordered the deployment of security forces in the Gaza Strip in hopes of maintaining calm.

Clashes between Fatah and Hamas have killed eight people and wounded more than 50 others since Sunday. Fighting continued despite an Egyptian-mediated truce.

Earlier Monday, Palestinian Interior Minister Hani Kawasmeh resigned, saying he had not been given adequate authority by the Palestinian unity government. He blamed both Hamas and Fatah for failing to support his plan to reform the Palestinian security forces.

Mustafa Barghouti, the Palestinian information minister, said the recent fighting threatens to cause the unity government to collapse. The government was formed two months ago.

Sunday's fighting began when gunmen killed a local commander of the Fatah-linked al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and his driver. The group blamed Hamas, which denied involvement.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.