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Palestinian PM pledges crackdown on illegal weapons

Palestinian prime minister-designate Mahmud Abbas said he would crack down on illegal weapons and would only allow those used by security forces to protect citizens. “To end the disorder and the chaos of weapons … will be one of the main tasks of the government,” he said Tuesday, adding that security forces alone would be allowed to carry weapons. “The government will in particular concentrate its attention on the security of Palestinian citizens and their safety in their homeland. The government will … pay most attention to the professional qualifications of members of security departments and will not be lenient towards any violation” by security force members. Abbas also warned that there could be no real peace until Jewish settements were removed from Palestinian lands, while denouncing all forms of terrorism. Full Story

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