GAZA, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Fatah guards clashed with Hamas militants Thursday after Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya was prevented by Israel from entering Gaza.
No injuries were reported from the gun battle between guards loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Haniya's Hamas faction, CNN reported Thursday. Tensions between the two groups have run high since Hamas' electoral victory two years ago.
An Israeli defense ministry official said Haniya was refused passage into Gaza because intelligence suggested he was in possession of millions of dollars meant to finance militant activity.
A security source said Israeli officials believed the money was "likely to be used for terrorist purposes." He said Israel would likely allow Haniya to pass without the money.
The defense official said the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza had been temporarily closed to prevent Haniya from passing, and meetings were underway to decide how long the closing would last.