Israel Lifts Closure off Palestinian Town

Published December 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Israeli army ended a five-week closure around the town of Qlaqilya late Tuesday afternoon, reported the Jerusalem Post in its Internet edition the same day.  

Quoting army sources, the daily said that the step was taken in light of the “nonviolent behavior of the city's residents in the past few days.”  

Other Palestinians were not “non-violent,” according to previous reports by the paper Tuesday. 

Palestinian gunmen opened fire a short time ago at an Israeli army roadblock near Jericho, it said, adding that the occupation army returned fire at the source of the shooting, but the fire exchange resulted in no injuries. 

Earlier, Palestinians detonated an explosive device on a road heavily used by Israelis near Nablus, said the Post. There were no injuries in the blast or damage to passing vehicles.  

Also, Palestinian snipers took aim at an Israeli vehicle traveling near Nablus Tuesday afternoon, showering the vehicle with bullets.  

However, the occupants of the car, which was traveling between the settlements of Itamar and Elon Moreh, were uninjured in the attack, said the paper. 

Despite the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian talks in Washington, the Palestinian movements steering the Aqsa Intifada have renounced the negotiations and urged the Palestinian people to escalate the uprising – 















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