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Curfew Lifted on Nablus; Four Arabs Wounded on the West Bank

The curfew imposed on the “Casbah” quarter of Nablus six days ago after May Day riots was lifted this morning on the orders of Defense Minister Shimon Peres. He also authorized the reopening of one of three high schools whose students had precipitated the riots. The security measures were eased following a meeting between Peres and the Mayor and town councilmen of Nablus who promised to see that order is maintained in that West Bank town. The curfew in Tulkarem was also lifted.

Israeli troops shot and slightly wounded four Arabs on the West Bank yesterday. According to a military spokesman, one Arab was shot in the leg during an anti-Israel demonstration and another Arab man and a young girl were shot in Nablus when they ran after being stopped for alleged violation of the curfew. A fourth Arab was shot in Tulkarem when he tried to escape after being ordered to halt.

Meanwhile, Israeli authorities are investigating injuries sustained by two Arab youths in Nablus yesterday. Security sources believe they may have been wounded while violating the curfew or while handling explosives.

There were no incidents in Israel itself to mar independence Day yesterday. But disturbances erupted in Jenin where a curfew was imposed after youngsters threw stones and burning-bottles of oil at Israeli forces. Police intervention prevented demonstrations in Ramallah. The end of independence Day was marked by mammoth traffic jams as Israelis who had spent the day at the seashore or countryside headed for home.

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