Palestinians Unleash Sporadic Fire Against Israeli Targets, No Injured

Published December 31st, 1969 - 11:59 GMT

Palestinians unleashed sporadic fire against Israeli targets Sunday but no injuries were reported, the Israeli army said, while noting a drop in shooting since a call from the Palestinian leadership to silence the guns. 

Palestinians shot at a settlers' bus in the divided West Bank town of Hebron where Jewish settlers live in enclaves among the Palestinian population.  

No one was hurt in the incident, Israeli army officials told AFP. 

In Jericho, an Israeli car was sprayed by Palestinian bullets and Israeli military positions came under fire. In Nablus, Palestinian gunmen fired at Israeli army targets as well, injuring no one. 

In the Gaza Strip, armed gunmen shot at an Israeli convoy early Sunday at the flashpoint Karni crossing between Gaza and Israel, the army said. 

In annexed east Jerusalem, unknown individuals threw a molotov cocktail at a building in the Arab quarter of Ras-el-Amoud, adjacent to Israeli West Bank police headquarters.  

The door of the building was damaged, Israeli police said. 

Despite these incidents, the Israeli army said Palestinian police were beginning to crack down on gunmen in the territories. 

"Palestinian police are starting to act with apparent success against the gunmen," General Yom Tov Samia, a regional commander, said over Israeli radio. 

"For the first time in a long while there were only five cases of shootings overnight in the Gaza Strip, compared with 15 to 20 every night for the last few weeks," he said. 

Another Israeli commander noted a similar drop in fire on the West Bank. 

It came after Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said Friday that he had ordered Palestinians to silence their guns in zones they control -- JERUSALEM (AFP)  




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