Kabatiya man hurt as PA police attacked

Gunmen fire at forces deploying near Jenin; comes after Hamas warns PA against confiscating arms.

PA police weapons 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
PA police weapons 224.88
(photo credit: AP)
Palestinian Authority policemen that began deploying in the Jenin area Saturday haven't all been greeted with roses and champagne. On Tuesday, an unarmed 21-year-old Palestinian man was seriously wounded in Kabatiya when gunmen fired at the PA security forces that were deploying in the village located south of Jenin. Officials say the man is now on life support at a hospital. The PA forces set up roadblocks in their search for the assailants. The PA police commander in the Jenin district, Suleiman Imran, told Israel Radio that when the new police forces entered the village they were also pelted with stones. Medics say police later shot two stone-throwers in the legs. The 600 policemen were deployed in coordination with the IDF in a bid to restore law and order. However, Hamas has warned the PA against confiscating the weapons of armed Palestinian factions in Jenin. The policemen are supposed to disappear from the streets at night so that the IDF can carry out arrest operations. The decision to deploy the forces in Jenin follows similar operations in Nablus and Tulkarm over the past few months. Tuesday's shootout was the first violence since Palestinian forces deployed in the area last weekend. The operation is part of PA President Mahmoud Abbas' efforts to assert control throughout the West Bank.