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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Palestinian Premier's House Hit

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- A rocket-propelled grenade slammed into the home of Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Tuesday in what his Hamas movement said was an assassination attempt by Fatah.

Earlier, four mortar shells slammed into the Gaza City office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, who was in the West Bank at the time. No one was hurt at Haniyeh's home or in the Abbas compound.

Also Tuesday, an exasperated Egyptian mediator said the bitter rivals turned down appeals to meet for talks on a truce.

In all, 19 Palestinians were killed over two days in a new spike in the yearlong Hamas-Fatah power struggle. Some people were shot at close range in street executions, others in shootouts that turned hospitals into battlegrounds. Residents huddled indoors, and university exams were canceled.

Each group used web sites and text messages to call for the execution of the other side's military and political leaders. Both sides described the fighting, which is turning more brutal with each day, as all-out civil war. More than 80 people have been killed since mid-May, most of them militants.

The head of the Egyptian mediation team, Lieutenant Colonel Burhan Hamad, said neither side had responded to his call to hold truce talks Tuesday. "It seems they don't want to come. We must make them ashamed of themselves. They have killed all hope. They have killed the future," said Hamad, who brokered several short-lived cease-fires.