Palestinian militants from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) take part in a military graduation ceremony in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip May 29, 2015.
REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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A local Salafist leader was shot dead in Gaza City Tuesday during a confrontation with Hamas security forces as tensions mounted between the Strip's Islamist rulers and its extremist opponents.The violence came as Hamas police and security forces stepped up measures against militants belonging to Islamic extremist groups, some of whom are known as Salafists. Since last summer, when Israel and Hamas fought a deadly 50-day war in and around Gaza, there have been growing signs of internal unrest in the territory between Hamas security forces and extremist splinter groups.Experts have warned that the growing appeal of jihadi groups, particularly among Gaza's disaffected youth, could trigger a new explosion of violence in the enclave which has been ravaged by three wars with Israel in the past six years.
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