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PA: We won't succumb to 'extortion'

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    Jul. 2, 2005 19:26 | Updated Jul. 3, 2005 10:06 PA: We won t succumb to extortion By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 3 5:15 AM
      Jul. 2, 2005 19:26 | Updated Jul. 3, 2005 10:06
      PA: We won't succumb to 'extortion'
      A day after it was reported that Hamas was mulling an offer by PA Chairman
      Mahmoud Abbas to join his cabinet, the PA's Interior Ministry strongly
      condemned an attack by gunmen on the offices of Palestinian legislators in
      Rafah, saying that it refused to succumb to "extortion" by armed groups in the
      Gaza Strip.

      "The ministry won't hesitate to impose law and order and protect public
      properties and calls on all armed groups to assume their national and moral
      responsibilities," said PA Interior Ministry spokesman Tawfik Abu Khoussa.

      Scores of Fatah gunmen raided the offices of the Palestinian Legislative
      Council in Rafah, demanding that the PA provide them with jobs and money.

      The attackers, who were armed with rifles and pistols, kicked out at all the
      workers from the offices and announced that they would not leave until their
      demands were met.

      The gunmen evacuated the offices after receiving promises that they would be
      recruited to the PA security forces as soon as possible.

      In another case in Deir al Balah in the southern Gaza Strip, a father was
      arrested on Friday for hanging his 13-year-old son to death. The execution was
      allegedly carried out in the family's garden in front of the victim's brothers
      and sisters.

      The boy's mother told PA police investigators that he had committed suicide
      after his father beat him for going to the beach without permission. The boy
      was named Saddam after former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
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