Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Palestinian Affairs

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Palestinian Affairs

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July 16: Palestinian militants kidnapped Ghazi al-Jabali, the Palestinian Authority Chief of Police of the Gaza Strip, at gunpoint after ambushing his convoy and wounding two of his bodyguards. The Jenin Martyrs' Brigade claimed responsibility. [Reuters, 7/16]

July 17: The Palestinian Authority declared a state of emergency in Gaza following the kidnapping of four French aid workers and two Palestinian officials. The hostages were freed unharmed, as was Gaza police chief al-Jabali. [Reuters, 7/17]

July 18: Militants sacked and burned Palestinian government offices in response to Yasir 'Arafat's decision to appoint his cousin, Moussa 'Arafat, as the new head of Palestinian security. [AP, 7/18]

Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei' submitted his resignation in protest of the Palestinian government's inability to enforce security. Yasir 'Arafat rejected his resignation. 'Arafat also appointed a new police chief for Gaza, Saeb al-Ajez. [NYT, 7/18]

July 19: President 'Arafat reinstated Abdel-Razek al-Majaideh as head of Palestinian security, demoting his cousin Moussa 'Arafat, who had been appointed days earlier. [Reuters, 7/19]

July 21: The Parliament increased political pressure on Yasir 'Arafat by giving overwhelming approval to a resolution urging him to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei'. [NYT, 7/21]

July 23: Palestinian health and security officials said that a group of Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade militants killed a 15-year-old Palestinian boy in the northern Gaza Strip after the youth tried to stop them from setting up a Qassam rocket launcher near his family's home. …

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