BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Another moslem pooskin bites the dust.
á EU monitors discover cash at border crossing á Armed men demand return of money
Chris McGreal in Jerusalem Saturday May 20, 2006 The Guardian
Hamas is demanding the return of ?640,000 (£434,00) confiscated from one of its senior officials trying to smuggle it into the Gaza Strip yesterday. The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, ordered a criminal investigation after EU monitors at the Rafah border crossing discovered the money hidden in a belt worn by Sami Abu Zuhari, a Hamas spokesman, when he dropped it. The cash was handed to Palestinian customs officers under the authority of Mr Abbas.
About 100 armed Hamas men laid siege to the border crossing to demand the return of the money, but later withdrew. Mr Zuhari, who was returning from Qatar, said the cash came from donations made by Arab countries to help Palestinian prisoners after foreign aid was cut off following the Hamas election victory.
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The standoff added to growing tensions in the territory after Hamas deployed its own security forces on the streets of Gaza this week in defiance of Mr Abbas. The US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, warned that the move has created a "dangerous situation" that the Palestinian president must resolve.
Ms Rice said Mr Abbas has frequently spoken of the need for "one authority and one gun" and therefore he should not accept Hamas using 3,000 of its own armed men to police the streets. "It's a very tense situation and one that we hope will be resolved. We obviously believe that President Abbas, who we believe has the confidence of the Palestinian people, should be able to exercise his responsibilities as president of the country," she said.
But the Palestinian prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, said the force would remain. "We do not intend to make one step backward. The force will stay. Their task is to protect internal security and if there will be a need to increase its number, we will do it," he said yesterday.
The Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert, denied there was any humanitarian crisis in the occupied territories as the result of cuts in foreign aid, calling claims of one "total propaganda". In an interview with the New York Times ahead of his first meeting as prime minister with George Bush in Washington next week, Mr Olmert said that if there was a crisis Israel would ensure Palestinians did not suffer - although Palestinian doctors say at least four dialysis patients have died because of drug shortages. "We will pay if necessary out of our own pockets," Mr Olmert said. "We wouldn't allow one baby to suffer one night because of a lack of dialysis."
The Israeli prime minister will also discuss his plan to remove some settlers from the West Bank while redrawing borders to annex the major Jewish colonies, home to about 80% of settlers. Asked by the New York Times if he would negotiate with the Palestinians over the new borders, Mr Olmert said: "I don't believe that at any time in the future we will change things without talking to the Palestinians."