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The PA is unable to stop the security chaos in the occupied West Bank

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There have been repeated incidents of Palestinian public figures being shot at in the West Bank, including a Palestine Legislative Council members, doctors and Palestinian Authority officials, along with the increased use of weapons to resolve personal differences. We have also witnessed an increase in family conflict and the involvement of security agents in this disorder and chaos.

Why has there been an increase in the number of shootings in the West Bank, and who is behind it? To what extent has the arms trade increased? Are these arms used for crime and family feuds or by armed groups, and is the presence of armed groups part of the preparation for the absence of President Mahmoud Abbas from the political scene, even while the weapons belonging to resistance groups are being confiscated?

The security situation in the West Bank in recent months has been a source of concern. People are resorting to violence to resolve family disputes, resulting in armed clashes between members of the Palestinian security forces and armed youths. This places the PA as a party to internal conflicts over relative degrees of power and influence on a local level.

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The PA and its security forces — they have more than 70,000 personnel — appear to be unable to stop the rot of the domestic security situation. Shots have been fired at the home of PLC member Azzam Salhab; Judge Muntasser Rawajba has also been targeted; Ali Al-Adra, for one, was killed in a family quarrel in the city of Yatta, where automatic weapons were used. Many Palestinians have been wounded in clashes which no sooner die down than they start up again.

None of the efforts of the PA security agencies have succeeded in calming the........

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