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PLO cancels Jericho peace talks over Qalandia deaths

Aug. 26, 2013 2:23 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 28, 2013 4:10 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The PLO has canceled peace talks scheduled for Monday following the killing of three Palestinians by Israeli forces in Qalandia refugee camp.

"The meeting that was to take place in Jericho ... today was cancelled because of the Israeli crime committed in Qalandia today," an official told AFP, referring to the refugee camp where the clashes erupted before dawn.

Palestinian sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, had said they expected the talks to be held Monday evening in the town of Jericho, but there was no official confirmation from either side.

Speaking in Amman on Saturday after talks with chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said he expected the next round to take place "a few days from now."

Israeli forces killed three people and injured over 15 during an overnight arrest raid in the Ramallah refugee camp.

Abbas' spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeinah strongly condemned the incident, calling it a crime against the Palestinian people.

PLO official Hanan Ashrawi strongly denounced Israel's incursion into the camp.

"Israel's use of excessive and indiscriminate violence and live ammunition in densely populated civilian areas represents a blatant violation of international and humanitarian law."

"We call on the members of the United Nations Security Council, the Quartet and the rest of the international community to take serious measures to bring an immediate end to the killing of innocent civilians and to terminate Israel’s impunity," she added.

AFP contributed to this report.
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