PA Closes Independent Palestinian TV station, Arrests Director

Published May 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Palestinian Authority closed an independent television station here Sunday and arrested its director on suspicion of incitement to violence, the Palestinian Prisoners' Club said. 

WATAN, an independent television station operating out of the West Bank town of Ramallah, had incited violence against Israelis during the last week of clashes in which six Palestinians died and hundreds were injured, a Palestinian source said. 

WATAN's director, Omar Nazzal, was arrested and detained in Ramallah. 

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak had demanded that Arafat act to quell a bloody uprising in the occupied territories. 

"Israel will not accept the continuation of this situation and strongly demands that the Palestinian Authority take steps to end such incidents and prevent them from recurring," he told a cabinet meeting – RAMALLAH (AFP)  

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