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Report: US seeks clarification about Nablus killing

Dec. 27, 2009 10:28 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 27, 2009 7:05 P.M.)
Bethlehem – Ma’an – The US President Barack Obama’s administration asked Israel to explain a raid on Nablus in which special forces killed three Palestinian men, an Israeli newspaper reported on Sunday.

The daily newspaper Haaretz said Israel’s National Security Adviser Uzi Arad shared intelligence with the US officials reportedly linking the men to the fatal shooting of a settler on Thursday.

Unnamed Israeli sources told the newspaper that the Obama administration did not formally protest or complain about the incident, but only sought clarifications, passing on a complaint from the Palestinian Authority.

A senior US official quoted in the article said the United States sought to calm the situation and "encouraged both sides to continue their security cooperation."

The PA complained to the US on Saturday that Israel had violated agreements by invading Area A of the West Bank, which is supposed to be under full Palestinian control.

In the aftermath of Thursday’s shooting, the PA said it arrested more than 150 people in a search for those behind the attack, according to reports in Israeli media.

The PA came under pressure on Saturday to end security coordination with Israel.

The Leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) urged the PA to cut ties with Israel in a statement on Saturday.

“This systematic organized behavior of the Israeli army its leaders and settlers reflects only the racism and barbarity of the occupation," the group said.
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