October 31, 2006

Fatah units in West Bank received thousands of U.S.-origin M-16 assault rifles

[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: So much for disarming the illegal militias....]

RAMALLAH [MENL] -- The Fatah movement, bolstered by Western aid, has received new shipments of assault rifles and ammunition.

Palestinian sources said Fatah units in the West Bank received thousands of U.S.-origin M-16 assault rifles. They said the rifles were supplied to Fatah units as part of Israeli-approved Western aid to forces loyal to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

"The weapons are meant for PA forces but they end up with Fatah in the war against Hamas," a Palestinian security source said.

[On Thursday, Palestinian gunners fired three Kassam-class, short-range missiles into Israel. Earlier, at least seven people were killed in an Israel Air Force strike on the Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.]
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