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Police stop Palestine PM convoy for driving

  • In this Tuesday, June 11, 2013 file photo, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah attends his first meeting of the new government cabinet in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

RAMALLAH, Palestine: Israeli police pulled over the convoy of Palestinian premier Rami Hamdallah Tuesday for “reckless driving,” in a move the Ramallah government called harassment, saying he was targeted.

“An Israeli military vehicle accompanied by police and settlers stopped Rami Hamdallah’s convoy today between Ramallah and Nablus,” government spokesman Ihab Bseiso said, adding the convoy was held up for about an hour. 

Hamdallah was informed that he personally could leave, but that his seven bodyguards must stay behind. He refused to leave until all of them were free to go, Bseiso said. 

“It is not true that they stopped him for speeding,” he told AFP.

“It was a deliberate move by the army and the police. And we’re not talking about an impromptu checkpoint that was set up by the army in that area.”

Israel police spokeswoman Luba Samri confirmed the convoy had been pulled over but denied that Hamdallah had been prevented from leaving, saying he had refused to move on until receiving an apology.

“Police and army officers stopped a convoy driving recklessly and endangering other road users,” Samri said in a statement.

The soldier who pulled the convoy over “was assaulted” and police officers who arrived as backup were “verbally abused” by Hamdallah’s bodyguards, she said.

She said Hamdallah quarreled with the security forces, refusing to leave until they apologized for stopping him. 

 
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