Barak Demands Action by Palestinians to End Violence
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak demanded Sunday that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat make a determined effort to end the deadly clashes over the past four days, the worst violence in four years.
A statement from his office said there had been "intensive diplomatic contacts" with the United States over the past 24 hours including a conversation between Barak and US President Bill Clinton.
"During these conversations, Israel unequivocally made it clear that the Palestinian Authority, and its head, must put an end to the violence via a determined and aggressive effort," a statement said.
"An absence of such activity may bring about an escalation, and Israel, for its part, will continue to do everything to protect the lives of its citizens," it added.
Eleven Palestinians people were killed in clashes and gun-battles in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Sunday, in addition to an Arab Israeli killed in northern Israel, and almost 300 injured.
Over the past four days, 35 people have been killed in the Israeli-Palestinian violence, and around 1,000 injured – JERUSALEM (AFP)
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