PA claims Israel sent apology over operation in Balata refugee camp

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki said on Thursday that Israel sent the authority a letter of apology following an IDF operation in the Balata refugee camp Wednesday during which over 20 Palestinians were arrested, Israel Radio reported. Malki told the 'Voice of Palestine' radio station that Israel promised the authority that such operations would not be repeated. The PA was angry over the fact that the operation came a day after clashes between Palestinian police and Fatah's Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade operatives took place at the camp. Palestinians were also in disagreement of the army's presence in the Nablus camp at a time when over 300 Palestinian policemen have been deployed in the area.