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Cablegate: Al-Aqsa Brigades Gunmen Torch Nablus Governor's

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DE RUEHJM #0639 1050938
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 140938Z APR 08
FM AMCONSUL JERUSALEM
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1188
INFO RUEHXK/ARAB ISRAELI COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RHEHNSC/WHITE HOUSE NSC PRIORITY

UNCLAS JERUSALEM 000639

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NEA FOR FRONT OFFICE, NSC FOR ABRAMS/SINGH/PASCUAL

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KWBG PTER IS PGOV
SUBJECT: AL-AQSA BRIGADES GUNMEN TORCH NABLUS GOVERNOR'S
CAR; 4 INJURED IN SHOOTOUT


1. (SBU) According to Fatah and PA security contacts,
al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades gunmen Tha'ar Tirawi and associates
attacked Nablus Governor Jamal Muhaysin in Balata Refugee
Camp in Nablus on April 13, torching Muhaysin's vehicle.
Four Palestinians, including one of Muhaysin's bodyguards,
were injured in the ensuing shootout when PA security forces
entered the camp to extricate Muhaysin.

2. (SBU) PA security contacts told POL FSN that Tirawi had
been in General Intelligence (Mukhabarat) custody for the
last four months, and some of the other PA security bodies
opposed his recent release. (Comment: Despite progress in
the Nablus security operation late last year, several
Fatah-linked militant cells resist PA authority, and
mechanisms to prosecute arrested militants remain weak. End
comment).
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