PA denies reports about Tirawi dismissal

Published July 7th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat signed an order Sunday firing Tawfik Tirawi from his post as head of military intelligence, media reports said. Tirawi is wanted by Israel for involvement in “terror” activities.  


Israel’s Army Radio cited sources in Arafat's office saying that the PA Chairman intended to dismiss a total of 12 commanders from their posts in the security apparatus. However, Nabil Abu Rudeinah, Arafat aide, told that these reports were “baseless.” 


Meanwhile, the former Palestinian security chief in the West Bank said on Sunday Arafat's decision to replace him with an outsider was "a big mistake" but there would be no revolt over the dispute.  


Rajoub said in an interview with Reuters that he had met with Arafat after receiving notice last week of his dismissal and told him it was "a big mistake to appoint (this) new chief". He was referring to Zuhair Manasra, governor of the West Bank city of Jenin who Arafat named as Rajoub's successor. "(But) I don't think that there will be any rebellion or anything," Rajoub said. 


On the ground, four Palestinians, all of them on Israel's most wanted list, were arrested Sunday by Israeli forces carrying out searches in the northern West Bank.  


Earlier, Israeli police stood down a high alert in the area close to the West Bank town of Tulkarem, after warnings that two Palestinians were planning to carry out a suicide attack in the region. Roadblocks set up at the entrances to major towns but they were removed later.  


Information gathered by Israeli security forces indicated that the two, who left the northern West Bank region early Sunday morning, were planning an attack in one of the towns inside Israel. (  


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