One Palestinian killed in firefight in Gaza Strip; Israel decides to reopen Sari Nusseibeh office in Jerusalem

Published July 22nd, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Israeli soldiers killed one Palestinian early Monday morning when two Palestinians opened fire on an Israeli outpost in Gaza Strip, Israel Radio reported. The other Palestinian managed to escape, according to the report.  


Earlier, it was reported that the two Palestinians were killed in the gun battle near Tel Katifa settlement in the southern Gaza Strip.  


Israeli sources said the Palestinians had planned to attack the Tel Katifa military outpost, which faces Dir el-Balah at the outskirts of the Gush Katif settlement bloc. An Israeli force at a position near the settlement sighted the Palestinians.  


Mosque loudspeakers in the nearby Palestinian town of Khan Yunis announced that the Islamic Jihad group carried out the attack.  


In the northern Gaza Strip, Palestinian gunners fired mortars at Israeli positions near the main Erez crossing into Israel, but no injuries or damage were reported.  


In the West Bank, an Israeli soldier shot at a Palestinian trying to break through an army outpost near Tulkarem. The Palestinian appears to have sustained a leg injury, Israeli sources reported. 


Three explosive devices were detonated as Israeli soldiers passed through near Jenin, Israel Radio reported. No one was injured in this incident. Elsewhere, near Nablus, a bomb went off as a border police passed, the radio reported. There were no casualties also in this attack.  



Israel's Internal Security Minister Uzi Landau announced Monday that Al-Quds University president Sari Nusseibeh's office would be reopened, Israel Radio reported.  


The office will be allowed to remain opened as long as Nusseibeh adheres to the following restrictions, set by the Israeli authorities:  

* Nusseibeh may not take any money from the Palestinian Authority for the office.  

* Nusseibeh's may not connected itself or be involved with the PA.  


Last Monday, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon justified closing Nusseibeh's office the week before, telling the cabinet that Israel will not accept violations of its "sovereignty." Nusseibeh was appointed by PA leader Yasser Arafat as the authority's official responsible for Jerusalem affairs last year.  


"PA offices are barred from operating in Jerusalem," Sharon said. "This is the government's policy and this is what will be. The university is still operating, but [Nusseibeh's office] took over the illegal activities that moved there after the closure of Orient House." 


The decision to close Nusseibeh's office received widespread criticism from both American and PA officials. Among those who urged the Sharon and Landau to reopen the office were US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and Ambassador Dan Kurtzer, The Jerusalem Post reported. ( 


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