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Originally posted by Riwka
All the mortars were fired from western Khan Yunis (Palestinian Authority security officers are deployed there) , which is not far from Neveh Dekalim.
Without endorsing the ceasefire declared at the landmark Middle East summit, Palestinian resistance groups have said they will hold off on attacking Israel for now.
Two major groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, reacted on Wednesday to pledges by Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to end violence at the Sharm al-Shaikh summit.
But the two did not seem ready to alienate Abbas when they reiterated their readiness to observe a one-month "period of calm" as agreed with the Palestinian leader in late January.
"Hamas endorsed (the need for) calm and will respect that to allow Abbas to ease into his job and exert pressure on the enemy," a spokesman said.
"Islamic Jihad has endorsed a one-month period of quiet and we will respect it"
Shin Bet security officials said the violence would not delay the prisoner release planned for next week and the transfer of security control in five West Bank cities to the PA.
Sources in the Shin Bet said they were not surprised by the escalation in violence, noting that Hamas has not agreed to recognize the cease-fire brokered by Abu Mazen but had only agreed to a "calming" of the situation.
The sources said there has been a rise in the number of terror threats, mainly emanating from the Gaza Strip, with the average close to sixty on Thursday.
Originally posted by Riwka
Abbas HAS to start working at this.
PA officials said on condition of anonymity that Abbas dismissed
* Brigadier General Abdel Razek al-Majaydeh, public security chief for the West Bank and Gaza,
* national police chief Saeb al-Ajez
* and Omar Ashour, commander of the security forces in the southern Gaza Strip.
Also, several lower-ranking officers lost their jobs.
Palestinian Cabinet Secretary Hassan Abu Libdeh said Abbas took "punitive measures against officers who did not undertake their responsibilities, which led to the latest developments in Gaza," dismissing several commanders and accepting the resignations of others. "
Abbas fires Gaza commanders after attacks
Originally posted by CazMedia
Well it was good while it lasted...
sort of like a long weekend, now its back to business as usual.
mabey we should just scrap the peace idea and just let them both duke it out,
Abbas fired his top Gaza security commanders!