Posted by: Lister | June 9, 2007

Fatah seeks weapons deal with Israel

Security forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are seeking Israeli permission to import anti-tank missiles, grenades and other weapons to shore them up in their battle against Hamas, Israeli and Palestinian security officials said yesterday.

The request came as a truce ending the latest round of Palestinian infighting wobbled, with the first deadly clash since a cease-fire took hold more than two weeks ago. A Fatah activist was shot dead in a clash with Hamas in the southern Gaza town of Rafah, and at least 19 other people were hurt in daylong battles that spread to Gaza City.

A Hamas backer was blindfolded, handcuffed, shot in the legs and dumped on a street in Gaza City, and a Fatah militant was wounded by a grenade, security officials said.

[…] Israel is wary about adding to the weapons stores in the West Bank and Gaza. The Israelis are concerned the new weapons might fall into the hands of Hamas.

Or Fatah’s al-Aqsa brigade, perhaps?

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