Unrest Claims More Arab Lives; Settlers Demand More Protection

Violence, curfews and general strikes continued in the administered territories Wednesday amid growing restiveness among Jewish settlers, who claim the security situation has deteriorated.

An 18-year-old Nablus youth was fatally wounded in a clash with Israel Defense Force soldiers in the Nablus casbah. He died in the hospital.

Unconfirmed reports said a 19-year-old Palestinian had also been shot to death in Rihiya village, south of Hebron.

The IDF reported one person dead and 10 wounded in the West Bank Tuesday. Arab sources claimed more than 20 were wounded.

The fatality Tuesday was identified as Omar Khalil, 20, of Abu Ein village, near Ramallah. He was shot during an IDF search operation in his village.

Curfews were imposed on several Gaza Strip refugee camps Wednesday and on the Dehaishe camp, near Bethlehem, after disturbances there.

The underground command of the Palestinian uprising called another general strike in the territories.

Meanwhile, about 50 students from Kedumin College, a Jewish religious school for girls in the Samaria region of the West Bank, demonstrated outside the Prime Minister’s Office Wednesday.

The Inner Cabinet was meeting at the time. The students demanded improved security in the territories.

The mayors of Jewish settlements have been on a hunger strike outside the Prime Minister’s Office for the past 14 days.

Gush Emunim, the militant Orthodox settlers movement, sent a telegram to Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir Wednesday demanding that he reprimand Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin for saying the army could not prevent all rock-throwing incidents in the territories.

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