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Jewish Telegraphic Agency
October 31, 2000

JERUSALEM—A wave of violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that shattered efforts to make peace in the Middle East has entered its second month with a fury that shows no signs of abating.

Arab Ministers of Knesset hold up placards with pictures and names of 13 Israeli Arab citizens killed in confrontations with Israeli police. The Knesset resumed session Monday.

The violence claimed the lives of two Israelis from the Jerusalem area and also led to a nearly daily increase in the Palestinian death toll.

The continued unrest prompted the Israel Defense Force to announce Monday that it planned to take the offensive against Palestinian gunmen to prevent attacks on soldiers and Jewish settlers.

Hours later, Israeli helicopters struck Palestinian positions in the West Bank towns of Ramallah and Nablus, and in Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip. Army officials said the strikes were part of their plan to attack the armed militias of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement.

The strikes occurred after a Jewish security guard was killed and another one seriously wounded when they were shot at close range Monday inside a branch of the National Insurance Institute in eastern Jerusalem.

In a separate incident Monday, Palestinian police handed over the body of an Israeli found in an Arab area on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Israeli police said Monday the body was bound and had multiple stab wounds.

They said the victim, who was in his 30s, was believed to a resident of Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood.

Israeli security officials have warned Israeli Jews to stay away from the Palestinian self-rule areas.

On Tuesday, Palestinians angered by the helicopter strikes fought a daylong battle with Israeli troops at the Karni Crossing, an industrial zone between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

Four Palestinians were killed during clashes there between Palestinian gunmen and the Israeli troops, according to local hospital officials.

A CNN correspondent, Ben Wedeman, was shot in the back during the pitched battle. It was not immediately clear who shot him.

In another incident Tuesday near the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Palestinian gunmen opened fire on an Israeli bus, but no one was hurt.

The Karni Crossing was also the scene of one of the most serious clashes Sunday. At least one Palestinian was shot dead when Israel used tanks to clear a road blocked by Palestinians protesting the presence of Israeli armor at the crossing.

An IDF commander in Gaza accused the Palestinian police of ignoring his calls to calm the protesters and allowing the situation to deteriorate. He said Palestinian children were sent forward as cover for gunmen.

Sunday's fighting in Gaza occurred as Arafat proclaimed that the "blessed" intifada, or Palestinian uprising, would continue until a "Palestinian child plants a Palestinian flag" on Jerusalem.

Also on Sunday, two more Palestinians were reported killed near the West Bank town of Nablus, and an Israeli soldier was wounded by Palestinian fire.

Exchanges of gunfire between Palestinians and Israeli troops were reported elsewhere in the territories Sunday.

Near the settlement of Morag, in the Gaza Strip, a bomb was detonated next to a bus carrying Israeli civilians. No one was hurt.

On Saturday, Israel's army pulled its tanks off a hilltop on the edge of Jerusalem.

But army officials said Sunday that the "army will know how to retaliate" if Palestinians resume firing from the Arab town of Beit Jalla on Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood.

The last Palestinian attack came last Friday night.

In addition to dealing with the ongoing clashes in the territories, Israeli security forces are on heightened alert for attempts by Islamic militants to carry out terrorist attacks against Israeli targets in the territories and inside Israel.

Commenting on media reports that two Hamas terrorist cells have already infiltrated Israel, Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh said the public must be extremely vigilant.

© JTA Inc., 2000. May not be reproduced without written permission


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