Palestinians Surrender to Israel After Prison Raid

Wednesday, March 15, 2006 | 
Six Palestinians, including three jailed for killing an Israeli government official, surrendered to Israeli forces after a 10-hour siege when Israeli soldiers raided a Jericho prison, the Israel Defense Forces said. The three killers of Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze'evi, assassinated in 2001, surrendered. Two Palestinians were killed in the raid. Under a special agreement, the inmates were supervised by US and UK personnel. Israel alleged the Palestinian Authority violated an agreement on overseeing the prisoners when President Mahmoud Abbas said he might release one of the prisoners elected to parliament in the Jan. 25 elections. Three British monitors left minutes before the raid. A spokeswoman for the British consulate said, "We were worried for the safety of our monitoring teams. On March 8, we sent a letter to both Israel and the Palestinians saying that under the Ramallah agreement we could not secure the safety of our monitors."

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