Palestinian police clash with Hamas terrorists

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 | 
Palestinian police fought a gun battle with a Hamas rocket squad in the Gaza Strip. No one was hurt but two terrorists were arrested. The clash came after Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas ordered police to use an “iron fist” against militants violating the cease-fire with Israel. Police said they stopped a car carrying Hamas members on their way to a rocket attack, and the militants fired first. Abbas appears to be responding to US and Israeli pressure to restore law and order, but analysts doubt that he’s strong enough to take on Hamas. In a sign of weakness, the arrested Hamas terrorists were released.

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