Israel authorizes Palestinian parliament meeting; Two Palestinians to be deported to Gaza Strip Wednesday

Published September 3rd, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

One Israeli was moderatly injured Tuesday in a shooting ambush north of Ramallah. The man, from the West Bank settlement of Neveh Zuf, was driving in his car when he was shot in the head and hand.  

 

Two young Palestinians were killed Tuesday in the village of Burin near Nablus, Palestinian sources said. According to them, the two men, Bahir Eid, 20, and Hussein Najar, 21, were killed by Israeli gunfire.  

 

Red Cross officials said they coordinated with Israeli forces in the area and collected the bodies from the village at about 3 a.m. Tuesday. Officials who saw the bodies said they were blown to pieces, apparently by a tank shell.  

 

Elsewhere, Israeli troops killed on Monday midnight a Palestinian in central Gaza Strip near an Israeli army roadblock, Israeli radio reported.  

 

The Radio said that an armed Palestinian attacked with hand grenades the Israeli soldiers deployed at the roadblock, adding that the soldiers immediately opened fire at him and killed him.  

 

Palestinian residents in central Gaza Strip said that after this incident, Israeli army tanks fired several shells and opened heavy gunfire at the residential area of Deir El Ballah.  

 

A wall collapsed during Israeli operations in Rafah Tuesday morning, trapping ten Palestinians, Israel Radio reported. A few Palestinians were reported injured. 

 

PLC 

Israel authorised the Palestinian parliament to hold a special session in the West Bank town of Ramallah, but said it would ban any deputies involved in "terrorism," a senior Israeli official told AFP.  

 

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon authorised the meeting at the request of Israeli Defence Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer, said the official. The Palestinian parliament is set to meet on September 9 to officially approve the new cabinet declared by Yasser Arafat in June as part of reforms to the Palestinian Authority.  

 

Sharon had stated his opposition to allowing the gathering at his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, saying it would serve as a "platform" for Arafat and warning it would be a "grave error".  

 

Likud ministers have accused Sharon of succumbing to U.S. pressure, Army Radio reported Tuesday. The ministers, who were not named by the radio, were also quoted as saying that Sharon was guilty of zig-zagging.  

 

Likud minister Danny Naveh told the radio that, "The PLC should not be allowed to convene, certainly not for a meeting at which they are due to elect a new cabinet under the leadership of Arafat. "It should be made clear that the PLC is a thing of the past, together with the path of terror and murder," he added.  

 

Deportation 

In a landmark decision, Israel's Supreme Court on Tuesday approved the expulsion of relatives of Palestinian bombers.  

 

The unanimous ruling by a special nine-judge panel came in the case of three Palestinians whom the Israeli military ordered expelled from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip.  

 

The court approved the expulsions of Intisar and Kifah Ajouri, sister and brother of Ali Ajouri, who allegedly organized several suicide bombings. It blocked the expulsion of Abdel Nasser Asidi, brother of a Hamas activist accused of involvement in two West Bank bus ambushes that killed 19 Israelis.  

 

Ali Ajouri was killed Aug. 6 in an Israeli army attack.  

 

According to AP, the court said that Intisar and Kifah Ajouri had advance knowledge of the attacks being planned by their brother. The army had said that Intisar Ajouri had sewn the explosives belt used in one of the attacks.  

 

The Ajouris are expected to be deported to Gaza Strip on Wednesday, after prosecutors agreed to their lawyers' appeals to give them time to organize, Israeli radio reports said.  

 

Senior Palestinian cabinet minister Saeb Erekat said the Israeli ruling marked "a black day for human rights." Hamas threatened to retaliate with an escalation of violence.  

 

Amnesty International said in a statement after the ruling that the "unlawful and forcible transfer" of Palestinians under Israeli occupation was a war crime under the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.  

 

"Under the Rome Statute such violations may also constitute crimes against humanity," the London-based rights group said.  

 

Palestinian groups  

Palestinian groups on Tuesday rejected a call by Palestinian Interior Minister Abdel-Razzak al-Yahya to suspend all attacks against Israel. 

 

The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed group linked to Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine all rejected Yahya's call. 

 

"There will be no end to resistance until the end of occupation," an al-Aqsa Brigades leader said. Similar statements were made by other groups, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad. 

 

Sheikh Yassin 

Meanwhile, the health of the founder and spiritual leader of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, (Hamas) Sheikh Ahmed Yassin is reported to be stable after it had deteriorated two days ago, his aide disclosed on Monday.  

 

The aide, Ismaeel Haneya, who is also a senior Hamas leader, told the Palestinian Al Quds daily that Yassin's health conditions are stable and improving, adding that he has left the hospital and continues his medications.  

 

Recent Reports said that Yassin, 66, had his medical conditions deteriorated and his life was in danger. Doctors at the Shiffa Hospital in Gaza City said that Yassin suffers from severe lungs infections, breathing hardships and otherabdomen difficulties, but he has been discharged after receiving proper treatment. (Albawaba.com)

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