Ban on Al Jazeera lifted

The Palestinian government lifts the ban on Qatari TV news station Al Jazeera operating in the West Bank.

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RAMALLAH, WEST BANK // The Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad is allowing Al Jazeera satellite TV to resume operations in the West Bank, ending a four-day ban. Walid al Omari, the senior Al Jazeera correspondent in the region, says he received a phone call from Mr Fayyad informing him of the decision. Mr al Omari said today that Mr Fayyad told him his government would still press ahead with a lawsuit against the Qatar-based station for alleged incitement. Last week, an Al Jazeera talk show hosted an official in Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement who alleged Abbas played a role in the death of his predecessor, Yasser Arafat. The official did not present evidence. Abbas aides complain that Al Jazeera is siding with his political rival, Hamas.

* AP