Palestinian Police Chief Says Hamas Must Give Up Gaza Arms

(AP) Mohammed Daraghmeh - Palestinian police commander Hazem Atallah warned Wednesday that his forces cannot guarantee law and order in Gaza unless Hamas disarms. "It is impossible. How can I do security when there are all these rockets and guns?...It doesn't work," Atallah said. The orders "are very clear. We are talking about one authority, one law, and one gun." His comments acknowledged the most significant sticking point in the Palestinian reconciliation talks: Who will control Hamas' substantial arsenal? Atallah indicated that he would not accept any Hamas police into his own force, saying that he would only employ officers hired before the 2007 Hamas takeover.

2017-11-09 00:00:00

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