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Cablegate: Wb/G Sitrep: Pa Police Official Ambushed in Gaza

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 TEL AVIV 003204

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

NEA FOR FRONT OFFICE; NEA/SA/EX FOR RICHIE; DEPT FOR
DS/IP/ITA; DEPT FOR DS/IP/NEA; NSC FOR ABRAMS/DANIN; USAID
FOR DCHA, DCHA/FPP

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KWBG PHUM PREL PTER ASEC CASC GZ IS
SUBJECT: WB/G SITREP: PA POLICE OFFICIAL AMBUSHED IN GAZA
-- MAY 26, 2005 (1500 HOURS LOCAL)

This is a joint ConGen Jerusalem/Embassy Tel Aviv cable.

1. (SBU) Summary: In the Gaza Strip, Egyptian mediators
failed to resolve the conflict between Fatah and Hamas over
municipal election results in several Gaza municipalities.
Armed militants ambushed the convoy of PA anti-riot police
chief BG Abdullah Khalil, wounding his bodyguard on the
evening of May 25. Palestinians threw firebombs at Israeli
vehicles traveling northwest of Ramallah June 25, with no
injuries reported. End Summary.

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West Bank
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2. (SBU) ATTACKS:

-- Death: Nil.

-- Injury: Nil.

-- Firebombing: Palestinians on May 25 threw two firebombs at
Israeli vehicles traveling near Deir Abu Mash,al, northwest
of Ramallah. There were no injuries reported from this
incident.

3. (SBU) ARRESTS/SECURITY:

-- Curfew/Arrest: The IDF on May 25 entered al-Mughayyir
village, southeast of Jenin, and imposed a curfew. The IDF
conducted searches and arrested one Fatah activist, before
exiting the village.

-- Arrest: The IDF on May 25 arrested a Palestinian teenager
at the Bayt Iba checkpoint, near Nablus, who reportedly
attempted to snatch the weapons of an IDF soldier stationed
at the checkpoint.

4. (SBU) POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS:

-- The Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) on May 25 called
on the Palestinian Authority to work for the release of PFLP
Secretary General Ahmad Sa,dat and other Palestinian

SIPDIS
prisoners incarcerated in Jericho under the supervision of
the Jericho Monitoring Mission.

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Gaza
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5. (SBU) ATTACKS:

-- Deaths: Nil.

-- Injuries: According to the IDF and UNRWA, a Palestinian
youth was injured in the western part of Khan Younis when IDF
soldiers opened fire on May 25. UNRWA reported that the IDF
fired when the youth neared the security fence.

-- Injuries: According to UNRWA, armed militants ambushed the
convoy of PA anti-riot police chief BG Abdullah Khalil,
wounding his bodyguard in the evening of May 25. UNRWA
reported that the militants took weapons and escaped.

-- Mortars/Rockets: According to UNRWA, two mortars were
fired, one at the al Zaroub observation post in Rafah on May
25 at 1800 and one at Neve Dekalim on May 26 at 0420. The
IDF reported that two anti-tank missiles were fired south of
the IDF outpost west of Rafah on May 25 at 1630.

-- Shootings: The IDF reported one shooting at Rafiah Yam
Village on May 25 at 12:45 and one shooting south of the IDF
outpost west of Rafah on May 25 at 1515. No injuries
resulted.

-- Explosions: Nil

6. (SBU) ARRESTS: Nil

7. (SBU) INCURSIONS/DEMOLITIONS: Nil

8. (SBU) BORDER CROSSINGS:

-- Route Four (Salahadeen Road), the main north-south traffic
artery, was open May 26, with a major detour at Netzarim
Junction.

-- Erez Crossing was open May 25, and 3,800 laborers and 307
merchants entered.
-- The Erez Industrial Zone was open May 25, and 627 laborers
entered.

-- Sufa Crossing was closed for Palestinian laborers May 26,
but was open for the import of aggregates used in
construction.

-- Karni Terminal was open May 26.
-- Rafah Terminal was open May 26 for arrivals and
departures.

-- Tel al-Sultan checkpoint was closed May 26. Toufah
checkpoint was open May 26 for residents of al-Mowassi,
except males aged 16-30.

9. (SBU) POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS: Media sources reported that
a five-hour meeting between Egyptian mediators and Hamas
leaders in Gaza May 25 failed to resolve the conflict between
Fatah and Hamas over municipal elections in Gaza. The
mediation is supposed to continue into the week. Media
sources also reported that Hamas political bureau chief
Khaled Meshal accused Fatah May 25 of buying votes in the
upcoming elections revote in a number of municipalities in
the Gaza Strip.

--According to UNRWA, approximately 12,000 Fatah supporters
demonstrated in the middle camps in a show of strength during
May 25.

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