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Israel Restores West Bank Weapons Ban For PA Security Officials


The Israeli military has restored a ban on Palestinian security forces carrying weapons in the West Bank, three days after the funeral of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

The Israeli military had suspended the ban for Mr. Arafat's burial and its immediate aftermath.

In a separate development, the successor to Yasser Arafat as chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization escaped a deadly exchange of gunfire Sunday in Gaza City.

Gunmen from Mr. Arafat's Fatah movement burst into a tent set up to mourn their late leader, and fired shots in the air to protest a visit by Mahmoud Abbas. He is a contender to succeed Mr. Arafat in presidential elections on Jan. 9.

Mr. Abbas' bodyguards hustled him away unharmed before guards and gunmen clashed, leaving two security guards dead.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.