New Casualties Reported in Nablus, but Rabin Says Unrest is Waning

A Palestinian woman was fatally shot and seven people were wounded Sunday in a clash with Israeli security forces in Jaba village, near Nablus. Another Palestinian was wounded Monday by Israeli troops in the Nablus casbah.

There were also reports that a 28-year-old woman had been wounded by Israeli troops in the Jabalya refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. But the reports could not immediately be confirmed.

Most Arab population centers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip remained paralyzed by a general strike Monday.

Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin maintained that the Israel Defense Force has significantly reduced the incidence of unrest in the territories.

The violence is now mainly between the Palestinians themselves, he said, adding that it was the Palestinians who suffered most from the uprising.

Rabin also observed that Arab extremism feeds Israeli right-wing extremism.

The IDF, meanwhile, continued to carry out punitive measures. On Monday, troops demolished the house of a resident of the West Bank village of Rai who allegedly stabbed a Jewish youth in Jerusalem on March 22.

The suspect is also accused of setting fire on March 6 to an Egged bus used to transport Arab day laborers to their jobs in Israel and of uprooting avocado plants.

Security forces have also sealed off three houses at the Kalandiya refugee camp and in the Jerusalem suburb of Eizariya. The residents allegedly threw gasoline bombs at Israeli targets.

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