Arafat presents new cabinet; 16 Palestinians injured in Rafah

Published October 16th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat declared appointments to his new Cabinet at a meeting of his Fatah leadership Wednesday, deposing the interior minister he appointed in June to supervise Palestinian security services.  


Arafat told the Fatah Central Committee that Abdel Razak Yehiyeh would not continue as interior minister. Instead, he will appoint his longtime supporter Hani el-Hassan, Palestinian officials told AP


Another new appointment, Finance Minister Salam Fayad, will remain in office, along with veterans Saeb Erekat and Nabil Shaath, the officials added.  


The future of others, including Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo, was not decided, Arafat told the meeting. The Palestinian leader said he still needed a few days to finalize the Cabinet lineup, which would be presented to the Palestinian parliament for approval.  



Meanwhile, Israeli machinegun fire injurde 16 Palestinians, including nine children, in the southern Gaza Strip. According to AFP, two tanks opened fire without provocation in Rafah, Palestinian security sources said.  


Six people were immediately hit, including a 12-year-old boy Ahmed Abu al-Shahar and 53-year-old Ahmed Asfour who were both struck in the head and were seriously wounded, security and medical sources added.  


The gunfire hit several houses and a UN-administered school for Palestinian refugees and triggered clashes between soldiers and stone-throwing youths that left another six people wounded, including an 11-year-old boy who was shot in the head and a three-year-old hit in the leg, the sources said. Both were listed in serious condition, the source added. (

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