Three Palestinians Killed In Nablus
JERUSALEM (AP) _ Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinians and wounded 14 in the West Bank city of Nablus today, Arab reporters and hospital officials said.
Army officials confirmed one Palestinian was killed but said soldiers were not involved. The other two deaths were being checked, a spokeswoman said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The three deaths raised the number of Palestinians killed in the 10-month- old uprising to 287. Six Israelis have also died.
Arab reporters claimed Samir Bahloul, 26, was shot to death standing in the doorway of his house in Nablus, a city of 120,000.
They said Nidal Ali Najar, 20, was fatally wounded after dozens of youths gathered outside the central market to throw stones at soldiers in protest of the killing of Bahloul.
A third victim, Ali Sayeh, 20, was dead on arrival at St. John’s Hospital in Nablus after being shot in the chest during a clash in the Ras Al Ain neighborhood, Arab reporters and hospital officials said.
All victims died from Israeli army gunfire, the Arab reports said.
Earlier today, hundreds of Palestinians marched in a funeral procession for Adnan Hanfa, 31, who was shot to death in a clash with soldiers Thursday. The mourners carried outlawed PLO flags and chanted pro-Palestine Liberation Organization slogans, a witness said.
Israeli authorities, in an attempt to calm the city, announced from mosque loudspeakers that prayers would take place as scheduled today and the army would not intefere.
An Arab reporter in Gaza City said shops were closed for the second consecutive day today in a separate strike.
In Jerusalem, city officials said the opening of 32 Arab junior high and high schools went smoothly Thursday when 6,000 students returned to classes.
Authorities delayed the opening of the academic year because they feared classrooms would be used as focal points for organizing demonstrations.
On Thursday, Moslem fundamentalists said they have ended their rift with leaders of a PLO-linked group in the occupied lands. The reconciliation was announced in a leaflet saying the groups would focus on a common enemy: Israel.
″The competition should be in how we fight the enemy,″ the statement said. ″The most dangerous weapon that the enemy is using is the policy of splitting our people.″
Army officials played down the rapprochement between the fundamentalist group Hamas and the PLO-linked Unified National Leadership of the Uprising.
″I’m not sure it means they are going to stop fighting,″ one official said on condition of anonymity.
Hamas advocates the destruction of Israel and is at odds with PLO chief Yasser Arafat’s Fatah faction, which has advocated more moderate policies and is considering recognition of the Jewish state.