Mortar Shells Fall as PA Police Patrol (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 01/28/05)
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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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