Kuwait News Agency (kuna)
July 17, 2008 - 3:21pm

Israeli occupation authorities on Thursday retreated from its decision to close a shopping mall in the city of Nablus.

City Governor Jamal al-Mohaisen told the press that the decision came after political moves carried out by President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

He added that the peace process envoy, General William Fraser has mediated to the Israeli side, a matter that contributed to the retreat of Israel on its decision.

He explained that this retreat was not enough, stressing the need that Israel retreat from all actions undertaken in the city of Nablus, because all illegal actions were directed against the Palestinian Authority.

Israeli media quoted well-informed sources in Israel as saying that an Israeli officer had adopted the decision, however, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Fraser to cancel such decision.


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