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Fayyad condemns Israeli settler violence during Hebron visit

Nov. 4, 2008 10:08 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 4, 2008 10:08 P.M.)
Hebron - Ma'an - Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Tuesday called for the Palestinian people to show solidarity with the southern West Bank city of Hebron in light of escalating settler attacks there.

He also urged residents to "try to call the world's attention to the daily suffering of the population there at the hands of Israeli forces and settlers."

Fayyad was in Hebron visiting its mayor, Khalid Al-Osaily, Governor Hussein Al-A'raj and Ramadan Awad, Hebron's police chief.

At the meetings, participants discussed the Old City of Hebron, encouraging its residents to "remain steadfast in the face of Israeli assaults."

Also on the agenda was the ongoing water crisis facing the governorate. Fayyad reportedly promised to "focus as many resources on the water shortages" that he does on local security.

Later, the Hebron mayor spoke of efforts to support the Old City, particularly campaigns to motivate international organizations to place pressure on Israel "so as to lift the closures imposed" on the area.

Mayor Al-Osaily applauded President Abbas's support to Hebron and their willingness to "present the issue at the international level." But he also demanded additional support, particularly for the Old City.

Meanwhile, Fayyad attended a briefing on the latest security campaign in the city, in which 600 additional police officers deployed in Hebron. The Palestinian prime minister stressed that the government would "go ahead in its efforts to provide security and safety for the Palestinian people."

He thanked Fayyad for his visit, insisting that the district's institutions, as well as family dignitaries, "support the government's efforts to secure law and order" in Hebron.
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