Sharon talks of 'historic breakthrough' with Palestinians

JERUSALEM - Palestinian police widened their deployment in the Gaza Strip to try to prevent attacks on Israelis, the latest step towards what Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is calling a possible “historic breakthrough” in relations. *Palestinian police deploy, Khan Younis, Gaza. *

Police fanned out into the central and southern parts of Gaza, including the refugee camps of Khan Younis and Rafah where militants have launched hundreds of rocket and mortar attacks at Israeli troops and Jewish settlements. The camps have been scenes of repeated clashes between Palestinian gunmen and Israeli troops.

Police deployed in northern Gaza last week where there have been few violent incidents since.

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