KC December 12
The Palestinian president has ordered security forces to deploy across
The three children of a Fatah senior intelligence chief were shot dead as they arrived at school.
Early on Tuesday, heavily armed members of the security forces that take their orders from Abbas took up positions around key installations and road junctions in
"Palestinian security forces deployed in all streets of
Security forces loyal to the Hamas government also strengthened their positions. There was no immediate sign of friction between the Abbas and Hamas loyalists.
Scores of children on their way to school paid their respects at a mourning tent erected in
Mourners firing guns stormed the parliament compound on Monday during the funeral for the boys, aged six to nine.
A senior Palestinian intelligence official in the occupied
Besides internal political unrest,
Abbas and Ismail Haniyeh, the Palestinian prime minister, said they had urged the authorities to find the killers.
Political tension has been rising over the failure of Hamas and the formerly dominant Fatah movement to form a unity government that Palestinians hope might end the Western boycott.
Abbas aides said on Saturday that the president planned to call early elections after talks on a unity government foundered. Hamas accused Abbas of trying to topple the government, which came to power after beating Fatah in elections last January.
Unity talks broke down over Hamas's rejection of Western demands that it recognise
Abbas was elected separately in early 2005.
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"Instead of dismissing the Hamas-led government, he[President Mahmoud Abbas] should resign and call for early presidential elections." Drmuniruddin,