Archive for Sunday, December 4, 2005

Palestinians investigate alleged violation

December 4, 2005


— The Palestinians opened an inquiry Saturday into personnel suspected of violating a U.S.-brokered agreement at the Gaza-Egypt crossing after reports of militants entering the coastal strip, officials said.

The inquiry comes a week after the Palestinians took control of the Rafah crossing. The investigation, ordered by Mohammed Dahlan, the top Palestinian official at the border, indicated the Palestinians want to make a success of their first international border.

Israel, the United States and the European Union raised concerns about the entry of up to 15 militants into Gaza.

In the West Bank city of Hebron, meanwhile, security chief Jibril Rajoub swept a primary election to choose a parliamentary candidate for the ruling Fatah party - the latest in a series of victories for the movement's young guard.

Dozens of angry Rajoub opponents stormed the town's election headquarters, accusing the gruff and pragmatic candidate of rigging the vote. Some gunmen from the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a militant group linked to Fatah, fired in the air, and the head of the election commission was whisked from the building to safety.


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