Security officers loyal to Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction were fleeing Gaza City as Islamist Hamas death squads roamed the streets. After the battles, Hamas men hunted down their foes, blowing up their houses, witnesses said. One Fatah member, who called himself Ahmed, said Hamas gunmen had killed eight of his friends: "I escaped by a miracle. Hamas is carrying out an execution campaign against us." Hamas gunmen deployed near the Rafah border crossing with Egypt and the Erez crossing with Israel to prevent any Fatah officials from escaping. "There is no dialogue with Fatah any more. It is only the rifle between us and them," said top Hamas official Nizar Rayyan.