West Bank - Clashes
Dateline: WEST BANK
Date: 02/20/1995 05:00 AM
LOCATION: VARIOUS, WEST BANK
DATE: 17 FEBRUARY 1995
Arafat rejects Jenin terms; youths confront troops.
PLO Chairman, Yasser Arafat, rejected on Friday (17/2) an Israeli
offer that he take administrative control of the occupied West
Bank town of Jenin as a first step towards widening Palestinian
self-rule. Speaking to a congregation in a Gaza mosque, in his
first public reaction to the proposal, Arafat described his
Thursday meeting with Rabin at the Israel-Gaza border as
"difficult." Violence flared on the West Bank on Friday, with
Nablus seeing the fiercest clashes. Palestinians threw stones at
Israeli soldiers, who returned tear gas and rubber bullets. In
Hebron, clashes broke out for the fifth consecutive day. Hebron
has been tense since the first anniversary of the massacre by an
Israeli settler of 29 Palestinian worshippers at the Tomb of the
Patriachs. In Jerusalem, the Israeli Army imposed tight security
for the Friday prayers, following intelligence warnings of
intended terror attacks by Muslim fundamentalists during the month
(NABLUS, WEST BANK 17/2) Palestinian youths throwing stones
in street. Israeli soldier firing rubber bullets down street. Tear
gas in city centre. Tear gas in middle of street. Fumes.
Palestinian in back of truck being hit with rifle by Israeli
(17/2) Soldier pushing barrier across road. WS Palestinians going
through gates of mosque. Security guard checking documents.
Another shot of security checking papers. Security checking man's
papers. WS men praying at mosque. PULL-OUT from men praying at
(GAZA CITY 17/2) Arafat greeted with kiss from another man.
Arafat's hands. PULL-OUT to WS Arafat praying. PAN of men sitting
on floor of mosque.