Palestinian Protests Mark Arab Summit In Jordan
JERUSALEM (AP) _ Israeli troops used tear gas and fired rubber bullets Sunday to quell Palestinian protests throughout the occupied territories that coincided with the start of the Arab League summit in neighboring Jordan.
Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Dan Shomron said the protests were ordered by the Palestine Liberation Organization ″to show that the PLO has a standing which must be considered at the summit.″
The military command said soldiers dispersed stone-throwing Palestinians at the Fara refugee camp near the occupied West Bank town of Nablus.
The Arab-run Palestine Press Service said troops used tear gas to scatter protesters at Balata, who stoned Israeli cars in a show of support for PLO chief Yasser Arafat. The agency said demonstrators in Nablus raised the outlawed PLO flag and organized a commercial strike.
Protests also were reported in the Gaza Strip, where witnesses said soldiers army arrested eight students after they stoned Israeli vehicles.
Israel captured the West Bank of the Jordan River and the Gaza Strip from Jordan and Egypt in the 1967 Middle East war. About 1.4 million Palestinians and some 65,000 Jewish settlers now live in those areas.
The Al Fajr Arab-language newspaper published in Israel-annexed east Jerusalem said the PLO will present at the Jordan summit a declaration calling for the Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories and the establishment of a Palestinian state.