Palestinian policemen break into parliament building

About two dozen Palestinian policemen broke into the Palestinian parliament building on Monday, firing in the air to protest what they said was the humiliation police are facing because of attacks by Hamas militants.

In clashes between police and Hamas in Gaza City and the nearby Shati refugee camp on Sunday, Hamas gunmen attacked the local police station with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades. The camp's deputy police chief, Ali Makawi, was killed in the fighting.

The clashes raged for about six hours, and subsided only around midnight Sunday, after Egyptian mediators stepped in. It was the fiercest internal fighting since 1996, the AP reports.

"Yesterday, we did not have enough bullets," said one of the protesting policemen on Monday. "We had nothing to protect ourselves.

"Give us as least bullets to protect people and to protect our stations."

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