Palestinian Troops to Deploy in Hebron

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CBNNews.com - HEBRON, Israel - With Hamas edging ever closer to a takeover of the Palestinian Authority- (PA) controlled city of Hebron, Israel backed a PA request to deploy its security forces to Hebron.

According to an unnamed senior Palestinian official who spoke with YNet news, the deployment of 1,000 armed Palestinian troops in Hebron will be carried out by mid-month.

The troops will join 250 members of the PA Presidential Guard and 250 Palestinian policemen already deployed in Hebron, with plans to add yet another 500 troops.

The article states that PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad made the request to U.S. Middle East security envoy General James Jones, as well as to senior Israeli government officials.

Fayyad believes Hebron is the most vulnerable to a takeover by Hamas, especially when PA President Mahmoud Abbas's four-year tenure ends on January 8.

Reacting to news of the deployment, senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar said his faction would fight back.

"It is clear that theses security operations are intended to oppress Hamas, but they will only bring about the opposite," al-Zahar told the London-based Arabic language daily, Asharq al-Awsat.

Source: YNet news

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