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Arafat Tours West Bank

Monday, 13 May 2002 12:00 AM

Arafat, who flew from the West Bank town of Ramallah via a Jordanian helicopter, was greeted by local Palestinian officials, hundreds of Palestinian residents and drum bands.

Arafat was warmly received by residents and officials. He kissed local officials, Muslim clerics and Christian priests on the check in a receiving line at the helicopter landing pad in Bethlehem.

Arafat had been confined inside his compound in Ramallah for more than a month by Israeli tanks and troops until an internationally mediated accord that sent six Palestinians wanted by Israel to U.S.- and British-guarded custody in Jericho.

He planned to visit Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, the scene of another siege, one that lasted 39 days, until Friday, when Palestinian militants wanted by Israel were deported to the Gaza Strip or sent into exile.

In other developments, Israeli troops on Monday killed a Palestinian militant in an exchange of fire near a military base in the Jordan Valley east of the West Bank, after he and another militant entered a firing range in the camp.

Palestinian radio reported that the second Palestinian escaped, and Israeli soldiers were searching for him in the area. The camp is a basic training facility for special Israeli army units.

In a separate incident on Monday morning, Palestinian sources said Israeli border police killed a Palestinian gunman after he opened fire at border police troops at a roadblock north of Bethlehem.

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