Gaza, Nablus Erupt in Violence; 1 Killed, 4 Wounded in Camp Raid

One Arab was killed and at least four others wounded during an army raid on the Askar refugee camp in Nablus Sunday night.

The raid capped a weekend of massive disturbances, especially in the Gaza Strip, where two Arabs were killed in clashes with troops.

Palestinians in the territories observed a general strike Monday, in protest over Israeli taxation.

The army raid on Askar was one of several raids Sunday night on potential trouble spots in the Nablus area, in an effort to prevent widespread disturbances. Dozens were arrested.

The soldiers met resistance at the camp, and fired on Arab residents, injuring five and killing a 22-year-old man.

Disturbances erupted later in the Tulkarm area. At the Nur Shams refugee camp, soldiers used tear-gas canisters to battle rioters, the army spokesman said.

A man injured by gunfire was later admitted to the Tulkarm hospital, but the spokesman said the soldiers did not use live fire.

Disturbances were also reported in the town of Kalkilya. One Arab was shot in the leg.

The army maintained curfews in several areas of Samaria, including the refugee camps around Nablus, and the Tulkarm and Amari camps.

Massive violence spread Monday evening in the Gaza Strip, with the Shati and Jabalya camps once again the main trouble spots.

Residents blocked roads, burned tires and threw stones and bottles at army troops. Dozens of people were admitted to hospitals for tear gas inhalation as well as gunshot wounds. Precise figures on numbers wounded were not available.

EGGED ATTACK

An Arab youth from the Jenin area was arrested over the weekend, suspected of having been involved in last month’s arson attack on two Egged buses in the bus company’s parking lot in Kiryat Tivon, near Haifa.

In Tel Aviv, a magistrate ordered the search of the homes of four Arab youths, suspected of throwing petrol bombs in Or Yehuda Sunday morning.

The youths will remain in custody for six days pending further investigation.

No one was hurt in the attack and no damage was caused. The magistrate said the evidence did not satisfy her that there was a direct link between the suspects and the incident.

In a second case before the magistrate, two Or Yehuda residents suspected in the burning death of three Arab laborers two weeks ago had their custody extended by seven days.

Uri Dali, 20, and Naji Atslan, 21, face murder charges for allegedly setting fire to a hut where the three laborers slept, apparently after the building contractor turned them down for a job.

A police representative did not disclose the evidence against the two men. He said the act was not politically motivated.

Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said Monday that the recent wave of violence in the territories as well as in Israel was a direct consequence of the complete diplomatic standstill on the eve of the Nov. 1 elections.

Commerce Minister Ariel Sharon said he would continue to press for the “introduction of Israeli law,” his preferred term for “annexation,” into parts of the West Bank and Gaza despite the lack of support from both Labor and Likud.

Speaking during a tour of Samaria, Sharon said the matter was of urgency in order to counter the possibility of a Palestinian government in exile, and to forestall any hope that a Palestinian state would follow.

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