Sunday, October 02, 2005

Hot off the Press!

Sunday, october 2, 8:39 pm

Palestinian Authority forces began collecting weapons held by terror organizations, met with armed opposition; firefights develop across the Strip as the PA says it intends to follow through on decision to end weapons chaos; Meanwhile, al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades murder Palestinian driver protesting fuel prices
Ali Waked

Gazan civil war?- A Palestinian policeman was killed on Sunday in a Gaza gun battle with Hamas militants, Palestinian police sources said. They said 27 other people were wounded in the fighting. The killing occurred during the worst outbreak of internal Palestinian fighting since Israeli troops withdrew from the Gaza Strip last month.

Earlier, in Gaza, the rise in costs caused riots that ended in the murder of a driver by armed al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades members.

Hours later, riots and armed exchanges broke out in the Sheikh Raduan neighborhood in Gaza, when Palestinian Authority security forces began confiscating weapons held by non-PA groups. At least four people were injured in the clashes.

In one incident, PA forces fought with Hamas members, including the son of former Hamas terror chief Abdel Aziz Rantisi. Witnesses said a mass riot broke out when Palestinian police began collecting the weapons, and the PA placed a checkpoint in the area.

A car containing Rantisi and other Hamas members was pulled over at the checkpoint for a search. Rantisi refused, and continued driving. Palestinian police fired on the vehicle's tires, and the car's occupants got out and confronted the PA officers, and throwing rocks at them. At the same time, armed al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades members began fighting with Palestinian police.

A member from the Brigades said that Palestinian police arrived at the home of one of the group's members, asking to search the premises. An armed exchange followed, with several shots being fired in the air.

The Palestinian Authority said it intended on following through on its decision to collect weapons in Gaza. On Saturday, an explosive device was thrown at the vehicle of Ala Husseini, Palestinian police commander in Gaza, close to PA police headquarters.

From Bill: You know, on one level, I don't want to get my hopes up. But on another, this is great! The PA is actually starting to collect weapons and disarm terrorists! there is actual fighting between the palestinian police and the palestinian terrorists!

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