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Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Anarchy in the Terror-tories

Palestinian "gunmen" shot and killed Arafat advisor
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gunmen shot and killed a well-known adviser to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Gaza early Tuesday, security officials said, feeding fears of growing lawlessness and chaos in Palestinian areas. The murder of Khalil al-Zaban, 59, who was hit by 12 bullets as he left his Gaza City office, is an apparent sign of the weakening of Arafat's Palestinian Authority, which is accompanied by growing violence and rising poverty.

On Saturday, about 15 masked, armed Palestinians barged into the offices of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation, demanding jobs at gunpoint.

In a similar incident last Wednesday, about 20 masked men armed with submachine guns and hand grenades raided the Gaza City office of the Palestinian Land Authority, demanding land deeds be transferred to their names, employees said.

On Friday, the mayor of the West Bank's largest city, Nablus, resigned amid growing chaos and infighting between armed militias. Mayor Ghassan Shakaa accused Arafat of not doing enough to prevent Nablus from plummeting into lawlessness.