Witnesses say a group of Palestinian policemen firing in the air took over the parliament building in Gaza City today (Monday).
Eyewitnesses say about 30 policemen entered the compound and closed the gates behind them. Some policemen were seen taking up positions on the roof.
It was not immediately clear why they took over the building.
Last week, Palestinian police and Fatah party activists held protests across the West Bank and Gaza Strip following the defeat of the long-dominant Fatah faction by the militant Hamas group in Wednesday's parliamentary elections.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the United States is in contact with donor nations to halt aid to a Hamas-led Palestinian government, unless it renounces violence and accepts Israel's right to exist.
Rice is to discuss the matter today (Monday) at a meeting in London with other partners in the international Mideast quartet - the United Nations, the European Union and Russia.
She said Washington will consider fulfilling its aid commitments to the Palestinian administration of President Mahmoud Abbas in the interim, while a Hamas-led government is being formed.
Envoys from Britain, France and Germany are to meet - at Tehran's request - with an Iranian delegation in Brussels today (Monday) in an apparent last-minute effort to resolve a nuclear stand-off with Iran.
And, in another meeting in London, foreign ministers from five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany will discuss the Iranian issue.
The meetings come ahead of an emergency session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (in Vienna) Thursday, when the I.A.E.A. could refer Iran to the Security Council for possible sanctions.
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