Monday, May 14, 2007

PA Interior M Qawasmiresigns in protest of Abbas’s deployment of Fatah PA forces without coordination with his ministry, but blames both Hamas and Fatah for failing to take his security reform efforts seriously; Haniyeh will assume the post until a replacement is decided. Fatah-Hamas clashes continue in Gaza despite a 2d Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agmt. today, leaving 4 Palestinians dead and raising questions of whether the political leadership of either party has effective control over its military wings. The casualties include 2 AMB mbrs. killed when Hamas mbrs. raid a PA intelligence headquarters and the home of Fatah spokesman Mahir Miqdad. Meanwhile in the West Bank, the IDF sends undercover units into Qabatya to conduct arrest raids, house searches; conducts additional arrest raids, house searches in and around Nablus, nr. Hebron, and in Qalqilya, Tulkarm town and r.c.; patrols, fires on residential areas of Anabta nr. Tulkarm. A Palestinian dies of injuries he received on 1/31 when he was shot by the IDF while attempting to sneak into Israel unarmed to find work. (BBC 5/14; NYT, WT 5/15; OCHA 5/16; PCHR 5/17)