Israel delays transfer of armored vehicles to Palestinians

Israel has held up the transfer of 25 Russian armored vehicles to Palestinian police in the West Bank.

Israel delays transfer of armored vehicles to Palestinians
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert approved the shipment two weeks ago in an effort to bolster Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ahead of last week's U.S.-sponsored Mideast peace conference.

But the Israeli security officials said Monday that the shipment has been delayed because the Palestinians want to equip the vehicles with guns. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki confirmed that Israel was holding up the deal.

Israel says it will not allow these carriers to come in because they have been designed to be used with machine guns on top,' Malki said. Now we are trying to fix this issue with Israel.'


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Aralık 2007, 11:24
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