RAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank — Violent anti-Israeli protests spread through the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip again today and Sen. John H. Chafee (R-R.I.) had to abort a visit to a Palestinian refugee camp amid a hail of stones and clouds of tear gas.
From the gate of the Kalandia refugee camp near Ramallah, Chafee saw soldiers firing tear gas to disperse rock-throwing protesters, a U.S. diplomat said. The senator decided not to enter because of the violence, the diplomat said.
"At no time were we in any danger," said William Lee, a spokesman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency. "These incidents occur on a regular basis. It just happened the senator was an eyewitness."
Chafee, accompanied by the director of the U.N. agency on the West Bank and a U.S. Consulate official, arrived at the camp in early morning as a demonstration was under way about 500 yards inside the camp.