Israeli “Restraint” Results in One Palestinian Dead, 19 Injured; Three Israeli Troops Injured in West Bank

Published February 24th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Three Israeli soldiers - an officer and two other soldiers on vacation - were wounded late Saturday night and early Sunday morning in shooting attacks in the West Bank.  


The officer, who sustained wounds in a gunfight southeast of Nablus early Sunday morning, was lightly to moderately injured, reported Haaretz daily.  


Elsewhere, two soldiers, on vacation, sustained moderate wounds in a shooting assault on their vehicle Saturday night in the Beir Zeit area, north of Ramallah. After the attack, which most likely was a drive-by ambush, the vehicle's driver continued driving until reaching an Israeli checkpoint at the Bir Zeit junction.  




Meanwhile, Israel has undertaken to halt assassinations of Palestinian activists and bombing of Palestinian targets for several days, a senior Palestinian security official said Saturday. The Palestinians, for their part, will undertake to lower the level of violence directed against Israel, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.  


These decisions were made following agreements reached at an Israeli-Palestinian security meeting held Thursday night. The two sides are due reconvene Sunday and to discuss the implementation of decisions from the previous meeting.  


The meeting was attended by Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter, head of the Israel army's Plans and Policy Directorate Major General Giora Eiland, PA preventive security chiefs Mohammed Dahlan and Jibril Rajoub and head of PA intelligence Amin al Hindi. It followed a meeting earlier in the day between Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer and Dahlan and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's economic adviser Mohammed Rashid.  


However, Israeli soldiers on Saturday shot dead an unarmed Palestinian in the West Bank and wounded at least 19 others in clashes in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian sources said the clashes erupted after a tank and a bulldozer, accompanied by ground troops moved at least 10 meters into Palestinian self-rule areas of Rafah, firing heavy machine guns.  


Additionally, Israeli troops arrested a Palestinian on Friday morning in the West Bank village of Tamoun suspected of planning to carry out a suicide bombing in the coming days. Four other village residents were arrested during the operation. 


Also on Sunday, Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is to convene the security cabinet to decide whether to allow Yasser Arafat leave his compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where he has been under house arrest for the past two months. ( 

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