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Shooting at ‘Abbas HQ in Ramallah

Gunmen shot at the Ramallah headquarters of Mahmoud ‘Abbas on Wednesday night. There were no injuries or damage.

The shooters are said to be members of Al-Aq’sa Martyrs Brigades, an arm of the ruling Fatah faction, who refuse to lay down their arms as demanded by Palestinian Authority Chairman ‘Abbas.

‘Abbas was in the building at the time of the incident.

It was the first of two attacks on P.A. infrastructure in less than 12 hours. Early Thursday morning, a mob angered at the shooting by P.A. police of three suspects who ran a roadblock, went on a rampage in the town of Tul Karem, setting fire to tents used as offices by the Palestinian Authority’s police.

In Washington, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told reporters that the shooting at ‘Abbas’s headquarters proves that terror threatens ‘Abbas himself and that the P.A. leader must fight harder against it. Mofaz is in the United States to tell American officials that ‘Abbas is not doing enough to fight terror.