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PA Denies Allegations Buying Israeli Weapons

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Palestinian Authority security forces have strongly denied reports in the Israeli media which suggest the PA is acquiring riot-control weaponry from Israeli firms, a spokesman said.

Palestinian security spokesman Adnan Ad-Dhamiry said claims made in the Israeli media about the PA buying tear gas and rubber bullets in the run up to the UN bid amount to incitement.

Ad-Dhamiri denied the allegations and said the reports were designed to influence Palestinian public opinion.

Israeli daily Haaretz reported Thursday that the PA had approached Israeli firms to buy riot control gear and was “working furiously” to acquire the equipment.

Israel gave approval to the PA to equip its security forces, Haaretz reported, noting that the Palestinians are having difficulty in accessing security equipment because “time is so short.”

Ad-Dhamiry said the report was inaccurate and said that Europe has provided support to the Palestinians but Israel refuses to allow the transfer of bulletproof vests, helmets and armored vehicles from Jordan, where they are currently located.

Israel is wary of large-scale protests by Palestinians as their leaders sidestep stalled peace talks by appealing for United Nations statehood recognition this month.

In May and June, pro-Palestinian marchers throwing stones swarmed Israel’s fortified boundary fences from Lebanon and Syria in two separate protests.

Israeli soldiers opened fire, killing 13 people on the Lebanese side and an unconfirmed number, which Syria puts at 23 although Israel disputes this, on the Syrian side.

Maan

Maan

Launched in 2005, Ma'an News Agency (MNA) publishes news around the clock in Arabic and English, and is among the most browsed websites in the Palestinian territories, with over 3 million visits per month.

One thought on “PA Denies Allegations Buying Israeli Weapons

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    September 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm
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    Should we be surprised?
    The business of death knows no walls no decency no frontier.
    Netanyahu might know too well bribed abbas+ hamas leader
    can’t move any peace process forward.
    They share same lust for blood and
    cynical betrayal of their own populace
    The thrill both can bring our planet to the brink of destruction
    seems a dangerous ‘high’ they need help to step back from.

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