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during his interrogation, Jabali admitted to stealing $8 million and raping women.
"We gave three years to the Palestinian Authority to carry out reforms. We waited a long time. But they didn't do anything. We are doing this in our way," Abu Iyad, a spokesman for the brigades, said on Al-Jazeera satellite television. "Ghazi Jabali was kidnapped to hold him accountable for his mistakes against our people."
Gunmen release Gaza police chief Jabali is unpopular with Gazans tired of corruption The Palestinian police chief in Gaza Strip has been released after being abducted by gunmen south of Gaza City.
Palestinian security officials said the kidnappers were Palestinian policemen who had recently been fired from their jobs. The officials said that earlier in the day Aloula had refused their request to help reinstate them
Witnesses said the five were taken to the headquarters of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in the center of the town. The witnesses said the building was surrounded by about 25 armed men
They said the kidnappers demanded to be reinstated in jobs Arafat had fired them from.
Witnesses said dozens of police officers surrounded the Red Crescent building and that militants holding the foreigners inside had turned off the lights. Every few minutes, the gunmen fired shots from a window to ward off the police
GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian gunmen demanding sweeping reforms by President Yasser Arafat have freed four French aid workers unharmed in Gaza as a sense of anarchy gripped the tiny territory. A Palestinian police chief and a Palestinian Authority member were kidnapped in other incidents on Friday, prompting two Palestinian security chiefs to quit over what an official called a "quickening state of collapse of authority" in Gaza. The abductions reflected a growing challenge to Arafat's rule by militants trying to strengthen their position before Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon carries out a planned withdrawal of troops and settlers from Gaza by the end of 2005.