Abbas orders ‘crackdown’ on terrorists after attack

Thursday, March 31, 2005 | 
In another sign of lawlessness in the Palestinian territories, gunmen opened fire on the compound of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. No one was hurt. The gunmen were members of the notorious Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade, the military wing of Abbas’ ruling Fatah movement. They were angry over demands by Abbas to hand over their weapons, in compliance with the "roadmap" peace plan. Abbas ordered the arrest of the terrorists, but it's unlikely that will happen. The militants control the streets, and Palestinian police are afraid to confront them head on. After shooting at Abbas’ compound, the gunmen went on a rampage in Ramallah, damaging shops.

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