Monday, March 7, 2005

Palestinians forecast Tulkarem withdrawal

A senior Palestinian official says Israel has agreed to hand over a West Bank city tomorrow.

The official says "we will assume our security responsibilities in [the West Bank town of] Tulkarem on Tuesday".

Israeli security sources confirmed that such a hand over was being discussed.

But a Defence Ministry official said no date would be set until a meeting of Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Israel had agreed last month to hand over five cities in the West Bank, which its troops [militia] had reoccupied during an intifada that erupted after peace talks failed more than four years ago.

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