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Officials: Abbas fires Gaza commanders

JERUSALEM (AP) ? Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas fired top Gaza security commanders Thursday, Palestinian officials said, hours after militants fired dozens of mortar shells and homemade rockets at Jewish settlements there, breaking a 2-day-old cease-fire.
An official said on condition of anonymity that Abbas dismissed chief of public security Brig. Gen. Abdel Razek Majaidie, police chief Saeb al-Ajed, three other senior commanders and several lower-ranking officers.

Palestinian Cabinet Secretary Hassan Abu Libdeh said Abbas took "punitive measures against officers who did not undertake their responsibilities, which led to the latest developments in Gaza," dismissing several commanders and accepting the resignations of others.

The dismissals came hours after Abbas ordered security forces to stop militants from firing mortars and rockets at Jewish settlements in Gaza. Despite a cease-fire declared Tuesday, Hamas militants launched more than 30 mortars and rockets at settlements Thursday, causing no casualties or damage.


looks like hes trying to make it work i hope it continues both sides


http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2005-02-10-mideast_x.htm

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That's good for now, Mark,...

...but if Mahmoud Abbas is really serious about this, he will eventually have to take on Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, as those radical Islamofascist groups have stated they do not recognize the cease-fire. Failure to do so will open him up to charges (whether or not they're warranted) that the Palestinian Authority is tacitly approving further attacks against Israel while appearing to be seeking peace.

If the PA is unwilling to do this, then it can't complain if Israel seeks to engage militarily those who refuse to participate in the peace process.

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very true but one can hope

for Israel will just stand still for just so much

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(NT) (NT) That's more than Arafat would have done
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(NT) (NT) the killer condoned the killings

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