Abbas' Forces Deploy in West Bank City of Hebron

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) _ Palestinian security forces are
deploying in Hebron as part of President Mahmoud Abbas' program to
strengthen his control over the West Bank.
Around 550 officers are taking up positions in the city, the
third in the West bank to be reinforced with forces loyal to Abbas.
Hebron is the West Bank's largest city and considered a
stronghold of the militant Islamic Hamas movement, which rivals
Abbas' Fatah. Hamas seized Gaza by force in June 2007 and Abbas
wants to prevent a repeat in the West Bank.
Palestinian security officials said the deployment, which began
in the early hours of Saturday, was coordinated with Israel.
Several hundred Jewish settlers live in the center of Hebron,
under heavy army guard.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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