"The government and Hamas blamed each other for Sunday's Gaza clashes."
By IBRAHIM BARZAK
Associated Press Writer
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - More than three dozen Palestinian police officers broke into the Palestinian parliament building in Gaza City on Monday, firing in the air to protest a lack of bullets and equipment after what they said was a humiliating confrontation with Hamas.
The protest came a day after the worst fighting between Hamas and police in Gaza in nearly a decade and underscored Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' difficulties in taking control of the unruly coastal strip.
On Sunday, Hamas gunmen attacked a police station with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades. The deputy police chief of the Shati refugee camp was killed in the fighting, along with two civilians, and at least 50 people were wounded.
About 40 police officers stormed parliament, just before legislators voted to force Abbas to form a new Cabinet within two weeks to improve the government's performance. The session was held in the West Bank, with Gaza lawmakers participating by video conference, because they were kept from the West Bank by an Israeli closure.
``Our commander died in front of us, and we were running out of bullets,'' said one of the protesting police officers on the steps of parliament. ``Give us at least bullets to protect people and to protect our stations.''http://www.guardian.co.uk