Fayad says IDF raids in West Bank undermining his authority

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad warned on Wednesday that IDF operations in the West Bank were hampering his administration's effort to improve security in the territory. The operations "undermine grossly our efforts aimed at rebuilding our capacity and reestablishing law and order," Fayad told a news conference in Ramallah with Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini. Earlier in the day, IDF troops raided the city hall of the West Bank town of Nablus, confiscating five computers as part of an ongoing crackdown on institutions linked to Hamas. This week, troops have raided and shut down various Nablus facilities with links to Hamas.