Two Palestinians killed in Gaza Strip; Israel postpones Hebron redeployment
Israeli forces killed early Monday two Palestinians near Kfar Darom settlement in the Gaza Strip. According to Israeli press reports, the two armed Palestinians tried to infiltrate the settlement.
In the West Bank, Israeli troops arrested eight Palestinians wanted by the army for questioning.
Meanwhile, the Israeli army has postponed plans to pull troops out of Hebron for at least several days, military sources said, according to the Jerusalem Post. The delay is in order to give officers time to coordinate troop movements with Palestinian officials so as to avoid leaving a security vacuum in the city, sources said.
Earlier, it was reported that the Israeli army was expected to start redeploying in Hebron, a day after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon approved Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer's plan to partially withdraw troops from Palestinian parts of this West Bank city.
The Palestinian Authority is preparing to accept security responsibility for those parts of the city that the Israeli army evacuates. The PA's Hebron district governor convened PA security chiefs Sunday in Hebron to plan for the Israeli departure. (Albawaba.com)
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