great start, what?

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    Yeah....give' em their own state, what?

    Pure insanity.................!!

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    Last Update: 14/11/2004 23:09

    Two Abbas bodyguards killed in clash with gunmen in Gaza

    By Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondent, Haaretz Services and Agencies



    Two bodyguards for former Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) were killed Sunday in an exchange of fire with masked gunmen as Abbas paid a visit to an official mourning tent for Yasser Arafat in Gaza City.

    The former prime minister, who was named earlier Sunday as Fatah's candidate for the Palestinian Authority chairmanship, was unhurt in the shooting; five other people were wounded.

    The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a military offshoot of the Fatah movement, condemned the incident, Channel 1 television reported.

    The 69-year-old Abbas was accompanied by Mohammed Dahlan, the former Palestinian security chief in the Gaza Strip.

    The guards for Abbas had been provided by Dahlan, who served as security affairs minister during Abbas' tenure as premier.

    The chaos erupted after masked gunmen, clad in green, walked by Abbas shouting "No to Abu Mazen" as he stood outside the mourning tent.

    "We were paying condolences. Emotions were high. There was random gunfire and pushing in the crowd," a calm-looking Abbas told reporters at his office afterward.

    "There was chaos and there was previous chaos [in Gaza], and perhaps that was one of the reasons leading to today's events."

    Associated Press Television News pictures showed a group of about 20 men entering the mourning tent where Abbas, Dahlan and other key Palestinian leaders had come to mourn for Arafat.

    The gunmen shouted "Abbas and Dahlan are agents for the Americans" and opened fire.

    Suleiman Mahdi, a Palestinian Authority driver, said Abbas was shaking hands with visitors when the gunfire erupted.

    Security guards hustled Abbas into the tent and threw him to the ground for his safety as shooting intensified. He was later taken to Palestinian headquarters.
 
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