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Palestinian Kills 3 Israeli Students

Tuesday, 28 May 2002 12:00 AM

The attacker, who was shot dead, was suspected of being from an offshoot of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, the al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, which took blame for the murders, Haaretz reported.

Earlier, a 50-year-old resident of Jerusalem was killed when shots were fired on the car in which he was traveling south of the West Bank settlement of Ofra.

Israeli troops and police officers arrived at the scene of the attack and were trying to locate the cell that carried out the shooting. It is still unclear where the shots were fired from, though it is believed the attack was an ambush.

Shortly after the first attack near Ramallah, Israeli troops supported by dozens of tanks, bulldozers and armored vehicles entered the West Bank town Tuesday night, Palestinian witnesses and security sources said.

Security sources said the Israeli forces and tanks rolled into the adjacent village of Bitounia, west of Ramallah, and also moved into the town from the south. They said the troops besieged the house of Hassan Yousef, a prominent Hamas leader in the West Bank, and used loudspeakers to call on him to surrender.

From an unknown location, Yousef told al-Jazeera television that Israeli troops raided his house.

Residents of the town said Israeli troops had a list of Palestinians wanted by them. They said Israeli attack helicopters flew over the town, and called the operation an incursion.

The shootings came a day after the Israeli army moved into Bethlehem and the nearby Dheisheh refugee camp and seized dozens of Palestinians, including the local chief of the al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, Ahmed Moghrabi, British Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Israeli troops continued to surround Tulkarim and Qalqilya with forays inside to seize suspected militants. Palestinians also said raids were carried out in Hebron and other village, according to the BBC.

The attacks on settlers Tuesday followed an announcement the day before from a group of Jewish settlers, reported by BBC, in which plans were detailed for bringing about 4,500 more settlers to their 32 settlements by year's end.

Further colonization by settlers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is vehemently opposed by Palestinians who live there. Israeli Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer criticized the plan Monday.

President Bush said Tuesday the United States would hone its plan to restore Palestinian Authority institutions and that he would meet with CIA Director George Tenet today in Washington to discuss the crisis.

"We're going forward with our plan," Bush said in Rome.

"There needs to be an implementation of institutions necessary for a state to evolve," Bush said. "And that's exactly what our strategy is."

He said this week Deputy Secretary of State William Burns would head for the Middle East, to be followed by Tenet.

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