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Mortar Shells Fall as PA Police Patrol (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 01/28/05)Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=76063 INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
Terrorists resumed massive mortar shelling of Gush Katif Thursday night and Friday morning as hundreds of Palestinian Authority (PA) police began patrolling southern Gaza.

"The same people who shoot us at night patrol doing the day. Our own Arab workers tell us, ´You are idiots. They are the same people,´" said one Gush Katif resident. Five shells fell in different Jewish communities, and there were no reports of injuries or damage.

About two thousand police spread throughout the area bordering Gush Katif area. One of the police officers, Hamza Shihade, said his force´s duty is "to secure our land." As the long convoy of jeeps and buses carrying police passed through Arab towns, one child exclaimed, "Look! We have an army and didn´t even know it."

As Abu Mazen tries to prove he can control terrorist attacks, PA Prime Minister Ahmed Queria (Abu Abbas) signed a directive Thursday night banning civilians from carrying weapons. However, there was no definition of who is a "civilian," and organized terrorists indicated the order was intended against street crime.

Despite Prime Minister Ariel Sharon´s optimism for a long period of quiet, Foreign Minister Sylvan Shalom said a cease-fire is a "ticking bomb" that could blow up in Israel´s face. MK Tzvi Hendel (National Union) warned that the decline in terrorist attacks is a tactic and not a change in policy.

Sharon said, "We are following with great interest the recent developments in the Palestinian Authority and it is apparent that there is a positive approach in the fight against terrorism and to the advancing the future of the diplomatic process. We are seeing encouraging signs, but these things need to stand up to the test of time." (IsraelNationalNews © 01/28/05)

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