Mayhem in Gaza: PA Wants Guns as Fatah Declares New Army

Israel has turned down a PA demand for more guns as Fatah terrorists announced the creation of a new army.<BR><br/>

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, | updated: 09:30

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has filed a request with the United States for more guns. Israel has objected to the request, though.

Gaza police chief Ala Hosni said he hopes "the international community and the political echelon will be able to compel Israel to allow the entry of arms and ammunition."

Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres agreed in principle to providing the PA with ammunition. He told Army Radio that Egypt would be the preferred supplier of ammunition for the PA police force's Soviet-designed AK-47 assault rifles.

The decision that the Fatah party establish it own army in Gaza was made by Tunis-based PLO leader Farouk Kadhoumi . Kadhoumi and his followers considers themselves closer to the ideals of Yasser Arafat than PA chairman Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas).

Kadhoumi said the army would help the PA "protect the property" of Jewish communities after the Disengagement Plan.

Conflicting reports on the status of the PA have raised questions among US Congressmen considering a proposal to give the PA $50 million in direct aid. American officials have given vague answers to questions considering the PA's ability to control terror.

The State Department also avoided giving answers to reports concerning weapons. State Department spokesman Tom Casey, when questioned about the American position on allowing arms for the PA, said:

"We're working with the PA and with their security forces to make sure they have the tools that they need and that they are organized properly to be able to carry out their missions…But I really don't have any specifics…I would leave that to General [William] Ward [the American envoy trying to coordinate PA cooperation during the planned expulsion -ed.]."