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Palestinian Killed; Arab Journalists Detained

February 8, 1993

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank and the army arrested three Arab journalists covering unrest in the Gaza Strip for foreign news organizations, the army said today.

Among the journalists was Taher Shriteh, winner of a press freedom award by the National Press Club in Washington for his coverage of Gaza.

The shooting occurred Sunday night in the West Bank village of Toubas. The army said soldiers encountered two Palestinians shouting anti-Israeli slogans and carrying an object that the soldiers considered suspicious.

When the Arabs ignored the soldiers’ call to halt, the patrol opened fire, the army said. It said one of the men was seriously wounded and later died.

Arab reporters identified the victim as 18-year-old Muthkal Daraghmeh.

An army spokesman, whose name cannot be used under military rules, said today that he did not know what the object was that the Palestinians carried.

In the occupied Gaza Strip, soldiers detained three Arab cameramen Sunday after they refused to leave a closed military area where Palestinians were clashing with soldiers, the army said.

Shriteh, who was filming for CBS News, and Marwan al-Ghol and his brother Ashraf, who were filming for Reuters television, were being held, the army said.

Shriteh won a National Press Club 1993 International Freedom of Press Award as a ″journalist who went to extraordinary lengths in 1992 to promote and protect the freedom of the press.″

In December, he was among Palestinians slated to be deported as alleged Muslim radicals but was allowed to stay after his employers and reporters’ organizations around the world protested.

Michael Rosenbaum, the CBS bureau chief in Israel, said the network filed a complaint with the army after Shriteh’s arrest Sunday and was told Shriteh could be released within two days.

Rosenbaum said he was ″distressed at what appears to be a pattern of continued harrassment of Taher, who is doing his job as a journalist.″

Reuters television producer Gil Omer said the agency had also filed a complaint with the military and the Government Press Office demanding the al- Ghols’ release.

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