Palestinian Cabinet meets in Hebron
The Palestinian Cabinet moved its weekly meeting to Hebron on Monday, in a symbolic protest against Israel's addition of a shrine in this city to its list of national heritage sites.
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad convened his Cabinet at the Hebron governor's office Monday, instead of its usual venue in the city of Ramallah. The ministers were greeted by a military honor guard, the AP reported. "The meeting today is to express that the Cabinet fully stands, solid, against these Israeli measures," said Palestinian Planning Minister Mohammed Ishtayeh.
On his part, Hebron Mayor Khaled Osaily said the Palestinians are deeply suspicious of Israel's latest move. "The settlers came here for one reason, they want to claim that this is Jewish heritage, and not only for the mosque, but for the whole city of Hebron," he said.
Meanwhile, early Monday, gunmen opened fire at an Israeli security vehicle in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, lightly injuring a security guard, police said.
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