IDF blames commander for Nablus melee

Meanwhile, the peaceful Israeli redeployment from Kalkilya on Saturday night came one day ahead of schedule, as Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization continued efforts to accelerate implementation of the accords signed in September for extending West Bank autonomy.

Hundreds of Kalkilya residents cheered as Israeli soldiers withdrew from the military headquarters in the West Bank town, the fourth of six Arab population centers slated to be transferred to Palestinian rule by the end of the year.

During the past month, Israeli forces have withdrawn from Jenin, Tulkarm and Nablus.

Israeli troops are scheduled to withdraw from the West Bank towns of Ramallah and Bethlehem before the end of the month..

Meanwhile, in Nablus on Sunday, Palestinian police arrested 40 members of the Fatah Hawks, an armed group that fought against Israel during the intifada, or Palestinian uprising, and that has refused to lay down its arms.