Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has rejected calls from within his Fatah faction for the legislative elections of January 25 to be postponed because of increasing lawlessness in the Gaza Strip. About 200 police officers shut down several government buildings in Rafah on Monday, demanding the arrest the killer of one of their colleagues in a gun battle in Gaza City last week. Abbas has said he will postpone the election if Israel bars voting in Arab East Jerusalem. In his New Year address he appealed to militants to continue their ceasefire with Israel. Various groups have said that as of January 1 they are not abiding by their pledge to ensure a “period of calm”.