Monday, November 5, 2007
Five Palestinians hurt as police and gunmen swap fire in Nablus
"Gunmen and Palestinian police exchanged fire in a densely populated refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus on Monday, injuring five people and renewing tensions between militants and the Palestinian government, which has vowed to disarm gunmen in hopes of restarting Mideast peace negotiations.
The gunbattle came as Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas met with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in the West Bank town of Ramallah to discuss an upcoming Mideast conference. After the meeting, Abbas said his government was trying to disarm militants, collect illegal weapons and reform security forces - Palestinian obligations under the newly revived U.S.-supported road map for peace.
Monday's firefight in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus raised questions about Abbas' control in the West Bank, after the rival group Hamas seized control of Gaza in mid-June. Israel has expressed doubts about Abbas' ability to implement a future peace deal....."