Expulsions Spark New Violence, Leading to Palestinian Deaths
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Expulsions Spark New Violence, Leading to Palestinian Deaths

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Israel’s expulsion of 415 Moslem fundamentalists late last week has touched off a new wave of violence in the administered territories and Jerusalem.

Six Palestinians, including a 9-year-old girl, were killed Saturday when Israeli forces opened fire to disperse rock-throwing demonstrators in the Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis. Thirty more were injured in what some Israeli officers described as the worst riot since the outbreak of the intifada five years ago. Three Israeli soldiers sustained light wounds.

Another Palestinian was killed in a clash at Al-Aroub refugee camp near the West Bank town of Hebron.

In Khan Yunis, violence erupted when the army lifted a curfew for 75 minutes to allow women residents only to buy food. Demonstrators took to the street, hurling stones and other hard objects at the soldiers.

In Jerusalem, police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse demonstrators Saturday at the Shuafat refugee camp on the northern edge of the city. No casualties were reported.

Arab arsonists in Jerusalem set on fire five cars owned by Jews, sources said.

In an effort to ease the situation, security forces lifted a weeklong ban on movement into Israel for large parts of the West Bank. The ban continued for residents of three of the larger cities: Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron.

The renewed violence will probably require the presence of large army contingents in the territories to prevent further escalation, military sources said.

Palestinians were reportedly angered by uncertainty over the identities of the deportees. Israel said it had supplied the International Red Cross with a list of the militant Islamic activists, but residents there said they had received no official notification.

Unofficially, it was learned that the deportees include political activists, preachers, heads of welfare groups, and leaders of youth groups belonging to the Hamas organization.

Two key figures deported, both associated with the Islamic College in Gaza, are Dr. Mahmoud Khaled A-Zahar, 47, a physician and head of the social welfare department at the college, and Dr. Abdul Aziz Hafez Rantisi, 44, of Khan Yunis, a physician and senior lecturer at the college.

A Hamas activist detained last week after the murder of border policeman Sgt. Maj. Nissim Toledano has confessed to conspiring to assassinate Palestinian leader Faisal Husseini. The assassination had been planned for a public occasion that was to be televised, security sources said.

Hamas opposes talks with Israel being held by Palestinian leaders.

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