Report: Israel Threatened to Bomb Arafat's Headquarters

Published May 18th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Violence in the West Bank territories earlier this week stopped only after Israel threatened Tuesday to bomb PA headquarters in Ramallah with Cobra helicopters, the New York Post newspaper reported Wednesday.  

The threat was voiced during meetings of Israeli officers with Palestinian police officers as violence raged in the streets, the newspaper added.  

The New York Post sources credible Palestinian and Israeli sources who said Arafat sent his security chief, Jabril Rajoub, and police commander, Haj Ismail Jaber, to a meeting Tuesday with an Israeli division commander.  

According to the newspaper, the commander, whose name was withheld by Israeli military censorship, issued an ultimatum, saying "if you continue with your shooting, next time I'll send my Cobra helicopters to bomb the headquarters of Yasser Arafat." 

Late Monday, Barak telephoned Arafat, urging him to end the violence, which was fueled by Palestinian police and Arafat's Fatah supporters, who took part in a four-hour gun battle with Israelis in Ramallah, added the newspaper.  

The level of violence was curtailed during Wednesday as Palestinian police repeatedly dragged away rock-throwing youths who tried to attack Israeli soldiers, reported the Jerusalem Post. 

It said 47 Palestinians and 11 Israelis were injured in rock-throwing confrontations in several West Bank towns, but not a single shot was fired on either side and none of the injuries was serious - Albawaba.com  

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