Joint Patrols Resume in West Bank

Joint Israeli-Palestinian patrols resumed this week in two West Bank cities.

The patrols that were renewed Tuesday in Jericho and Jenin were the first to be undertaken jointly in the West Bank since the violent clashes in late September when Palestinian police fired on Israeli security forces.

Similar patrols have already resumed in the Gaza Strip.

The resumption came during a week of little apparent progress in the Israeli- Palestinian negotiations for implementing a turnover of most of Hebron to self- rule.

U.S. Special Middle East Coordinator Dennis Ross was scheduled to return to the region Wednesday in an effort to bring the two sides closer to an agreement.

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat reportedly sent a message to the Clinton administration, demanding that Israel implement all clauses of the Interim Agreement, in addition to the redeployment of its troops in Hebron.

These clauses include the opening of a safe passage route for Palestinians traveling between the West Bank and Gaza Strip, freeing Palestinian security prisoners and approving the opening of a Palestinian airport in Gaza.

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