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Thousands more rifles reach Palestinian Authority
About 3,000 rifles transferred to Jericho on Thursday, as part of plans to bolster Palestinian security organizations; three more trucks arrive in Ramallah on Friday
Three Jordanian trucks loaded with Kalashnikov rifles arrived Friday afternoon at the Muqataa compound in Jericho, a Palestinian security source told Ynet.


Palestinian security officers began unloading some thousands of rifles off the truck slated to be used by the security organizations.


On Thursday, Ynet reported that four Jordanian trucks had arrived at the Palestinian Authority, containing more than 3,000 rifles. According to the security source, six additional trucks were expected to arrive in the coming days.


An Israeli military source on Thursday confirmed the report on the arrival of trucks carrying rifles to the PA, saying that the weapons were part of the plan to bolster the Palestinian security organizations.


Abu Abir, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees, warned that the arms arriving in the West Bank will find their way to the hands of Palestinian resistance organization, just like they did in the past.


Dozens of National Security officers transferred the weapons to warehouses across the West Bank, the source said.


The source could not say where the funding for the equipment came from, but mentioned that nine more trucks were expected to arrive in Jericho over the next few days carrying bullet proof vests and additional equipment.


It is still unclear whether the delivery of the weapons was meant to strengthen the Palestinian security forces or for a possible transfer of responsibility of other Palestinian cities to the PA, the source said.


It was recently reported in the Arab media that Qalqilya and Jericho would be the first cities to be transferred to the PA in the frame of a three-step plan being drafted by Israel and the PA.


Palestinian sources said that that weapon transfer and the training of the security forces would continue over the next few days.


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