Palestinian PM issues ban on weapons in bid to end armed chaos (AFP-FRANCE PRESSE) RAMALLAH, West Bank 01/27/05 10:20 AM ET)
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AFP) - Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qorei
issued orders forbidding anyone but members of the security services
from carrying weapons, negotiations minister Saeb Erakat told AFP.
"Abu Alaa (Qorei) issued an order at the national security council
meeting to all the security branches that they must not allow anyone
to carry weapons without permission," Erakat said.
The order came in the form of a special decree signed by Qorei who
is president of the national security council, Erakat added without
giving details on what action would be taken against anyone
violating the order.
New Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and Qorei have both pledged to
put an end to the "armed chaos" on the streets of the West Bank and
Residents in the West Bank are in theory forbidden from carrying
weapons in the West Bank where Israeli troops are under orders to
open fire at any armed Palestinians.
However West Bank cities such as Nablus and large parts of the Gaza
Strip have been plagued by the rule of the gunmen in recent months
and are often no-go areas for most citizens after dark.
Qorei submitted his resignation at one stage in the middle of last
year after a spate of kidnappings by gunmen in the Gaza Strip which
highlighted a breakdown of law and order in the territories.
Abbas has already moved to restore a degree of order in the Gaza
Strip where thousands of members of the Palestinian security forces
are under orders to prevent militant groups firing rockets towards
Jewish settlements or over the border into Israel. (Copyright © 2005
Agence France Presse. 01/27/05)
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