PNA condemns killing of Hamas commander

23:04, September 17, 2010      

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Palestinian National Authority ( PNA) on Friday condemned the killing of a Hamas commander by the Israeli forces in the West Bank.

"This is a dangerous escalation weakening the credibility of the negotiations which are already shaking," Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said in a statement.

Iyad Shalabaya, 37, a former military commander of the Islamic Hamas movement, was asleep when Israeli soldiers stormed his house in Noor Shams refugee camp and fired three gunshots at him, West Bank-based Ma'an news agency quoted his brother as saying.

The killing came shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ended a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories to follow up the second round of the direct peace talks brokered by Washington.

"Israel continues turning its back on international requirements, mainly stopping settlement and military incursions into PNA's territories, and it endangers the international efforts to make progress in the peace process," Fayyad said.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, accused the Palestinian security forces of helping Israel in "assassinating" Shalabaya, the movement said in a written statement.

Source: Xinhua


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