“Gunmen storm Bethlehem mayor office,” from AFP, with thanks to JE:
PALESTINIAN gunmen from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades stormed the offices of the mayor of Bethlehem today, according to security sources and witnesses in the West Bank town.
About 15 members of the faction, an armed offshoot of the ruling Fatah movement, burst into the building on Manger Square, next to the church where Jesus Christ is believed to have been born.
The gunmen then ordered all staff to leave and closed all the doors.
Witnesses added that a number of armed men had also taken up positions on the roof of the building.
Members of the Brigades who had been deployed by the entrance to the building said their colleagues had acted in protest at the Palestinian Authority’s failure to provide financial assistance to 300 activists.
“Activists.” That is, you know who.