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Fayyad: Tulkarem killing endangers peace

Sept. 17, 2010 1:06 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 19, 2010 10:38 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad strongly denounced Israel's assassination of a Tulkarem man from the Nur Shams refugee camp on Friday.

The assassination was a "dangerous escalation that weakened the credibility of the already fragile political process," Fayyad said in a statement.

On Friday morning, 38-year-old Iyad As'ad Shelbaya was killed by three gunshot wounds to the neck and chest. Witnesses said forces detonated the door to his home, entered and shot him, while Israeli military officials said the man ran toward Israeli soldiers who shot at him because they felt threatened.

Fayyad said by entering Palestinian areas - the Nur Shams refugee camp is located in Area A under the Oslo Accords - Israel had again "turned back on what is required, the top of which is a total and comprehensive halt to settlement building, military invasions in Palestinian areas."

The PA prime minister said Israel's actions would place the "international efforts being made to proceed with the political process at real risks."

He demanded that the "international community intervene," and "practice its active responsibilities by enforcing the law, and making Israel stop all of the violations of in-place agreements."

Assassinating a Palestinian inside the West Bank was a step against the establishment of a Palestinian state, and the people's demand for self-determination, Fayyad said.

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