In the West Bank city of Hebron, al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades fighters, an offshoot of Fatah, stormed government offices and set up checkpoints to search for Hamas members.
"If you ask me Fatah and Hamas are the same: both seek power and both want to obtain it through violence"
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Members of the group have also destroyed offices at an Islamic school, a cultural centre, charities, local television and local radio in the city of Nablus in apparent revenge attacks, witnesses and Hamas officials said.
Many Fatah supporters who live in Gaza fear reprisals from Hamas fighters.
Hamas fighters are still searching for their Fatah rivals to seize their weapons and at least 200 Fatah men have already fled the territory, by land or sea to neighbouring Egypt.
Israeli troops at the Erez checkpoint between Gaza and Israel fired warning shots at Palestinians who tried to cross into Israel to escape the violence.
Looting had also continued including from Abbas's bullet-scarred seafront presidential compound and the home of former president and Fatah leader Yasser Arafat.
In a boost for Abbas, the US will lift a direct ban on aid to the government once the new administration is announced, a US envoy told Abbas during a meeting in the West Bank.
The emergency government will have between 10 and 12 members and consist primarily of independent technocrats, he said.
"Most crucial will be the position of the minister of interior who will be in charge of security in the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip if possible," Walid Batrawi, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Ramallah, said.
"We might see some Fatah officials but, of course, none of the Hamas people because the Palestinian Authority and the president consider that Hamas has carried out a coup."Separation ruled out
Ismail Haniya, the former prime minister who has refused to accept his firing, has ruled out setting up a separate state ruled by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
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dismissal by Abbas [AFP]
"Gaza belongs to all the Palestinian people and not just Hamas," he said in an interview with France's Le Figaro
"Separation is not on the agenda and never will be."
Late on Friday, Khaled Meshaal, the exiled political leader of Hamas, called for dialogue with Abbas and Fatah.
At a news conference in the Syrian capital Damascus, he said Hamas had no option but to use force to wrest control of Gaza
in fighting that killed dozens of Palestinians."What is needed now is to deal with the Palestinian schism. Hamas is for Arab sponsorship of a dialogue in the Palestinian national interest.
"The lack of security drove the crisis toward explosion. What happened in Gaza was a necessary step. The people were suffering from chaos and lack of security and this treatment was needed."