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Mideast Violence Flares; US Envoy in Talks

Tuesday, 29 May 2001 12:00 AM

The violence flared as U.S. envoy William Burns worked to help Palestinian and Israeli leaders implement the suggestions made in the Mitchell commission report, a document that called for the immediate halt to violent acts in the region. Burns had met with a series of political leaders in the area and had additional sessions set for Tuesday.

The Israelis were killed Tuesday in drive-by shootings. In one of the incidents, a 41-year-old security officer, Gilad Zar, was shot while driving near the settlement of Kedumim, west of Nablus. Authorities said his vehicle had at least 20 bullet holes in it. Two months ago, near the same locations, Zar had been wounded in a similar attack.

The attack led to the temporary closure of Nablus, since the gunmen were thought to have fled there.

In Gaza, two Palestinians were killed and two Israeli soldiers were injured in what authorities described as a suicide bombing and separate grenade attack near an Israeli army checkpoint close to the Jewish settlement of Neveh Dekalim in southern Gaza. Israeli radio said soldiers shot and killed the Palestinian who threw hand grenades at them after the bombing.

In the West Bank town of Jericho, a Palestinian was killed after an Israeli army undercover unit chased a Palestinian taxi to arrest a group of Palestinian activists. The 25-year-old man was seriously injured during the arrest and died at an Israeli hospital.

In other clashes, Palestinian gunmen injured five Israelis traveling near Neve Daniel, south of Bethlehem in the West Bank. A radio report said two of the people were seriously injured. And a Palestinian police spokesman said that near the settlement of Netsarim in the Gaza Strip, Israeli soldiers injured five public security officers. An Israeli Defense Force spokeswoman said the soldiers had found an explosive device there and fired at Palestinians they suspected were lying in ambush.

Israel's Peace Now movement announced Tuesday that 15 new Jewish settlements had been established in the West Bank since February and that there were plans to build some 650 apartments in a pair of West Bank towns. The Mitchell commission had said the Israelis should not build additional settlements in the area, and the Palestinians had long made that a condition for a peace settlement.

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