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Palestinians in unprecedented arms handover

In an unprecedented confidence-building measure Palestinian police handed over to Israel weapons confiscated from militant groups, while Israeli gunfire in the Gaza Strip left a British peace activist clinically dead. In one of the most tangible signs of Israeli-Palestinian cooperation in months, the Israeli army said Friday that Palestinian police in the eastern West Bank city of Jericho had handed over weapons seized from armed militant groups. “The Palestinians in Jericho handed over a stack of weapons, including 12 empty gas canisters filled with explosives, around 50 home-made grenades and an anti-tank rocket,” the army said in a statement. The move came just two months after the army lifted a blockade imposed on Jericho, the only major town to have escaped Israel’s reoccupation of the West Bank in June 2002. Full Story

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