43 PA policemen training in Libya attempt to leave

The fact that PA policemen were studying in Libya wasn't known until now. Most PA policemen have been receiving training in Jordan, Egypt.

March 3, 2011 00:48
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Palestinian Authority police [illustrative]

PA police training in Hebron 311 Reu. (photo credit: Nayef Hashlamoun / Reuters)

Palestinian Authority policemen have been receiving training in a number of police and military academies in Libya, Gen. Adnan Damiri, spokesman for the PA security forces in the West Bank, revealed on Wednesday.

The fact that PA policemen had been studying in Libya was not known until now. Most of the Palestinian policemen have been receiving training in Jordan and Egypt.

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Damiri said that the PLO Embassy in Tripoli was now working to help the policemen leave Libya. He said that the embassy has received instructions from PA President Mahmoud Abbas to provide assistance and shelter to 43 officers who were studying in police academies and military colleges in Libya.

Another 26 policemen who were studying at Libya’s Naval Academy recently returned to the West Bank through the Allenby Bridge, the PLO Embassy in Amman said.

PA officials said that altogether, 104 civilians and policemen were enrolled in universities and police and military academies in Libya.

The officials estimated the number of Palestinians living in the North African country at around 70,000. Others have put the figure at 100,000.

Many Palestinians began leaving Libya after the popular uprising against Col. Muammar Gaddafi began two weeks ago.

Palestinians have expressed fear that Gaddafi would turn against them for allegedly supporting the anti-government demonstrations.

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