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32nd Arab Dies in Israel; Envoy Kept Out of Camps

January 12, 1988|Times Wire Services

GAZA CITY, Occupied Gaza Strip — Israeli troops shot and killed another Palestinian today, and a U.N. envoy's attempts to inspect refugee camps were frustrated by soldiers and Arab protesters.

Military spokesmen said the army imposed curfews on five of the eight Gaza refugee camps.

In the Israeli Parliament, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres appealed for an effort to end the violence by political means. Hawkish members accused him of caving in to Arab demands.

At least 32 Arabs have been killed since violent protest began Dec. 8 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which Israel captured from Jordan and Egypt in the 1967 Middle East War. About 1.5 million Palestinians live in the territories.

The military command said soldiers opened fire when their lives were threatened by a crowd of knife-wielding Arabs in Rafah, at the southern end of the Gaza Strip. A communique said one Arab, not identified, was killed, three were wounded and a soldier was treated for a minor stab wound.

In the Jabaliya refugee camp, troops fired on rioters brandishing nail-studded sticks, slightly injuring two people, the military said. Doctors in Jabaliya said they treated two people for gunshot wounds.

Soldiers Stop U.N. Aide

Soldiers barred Marrack Goulding, a U.N. deputy secretary general, from Jabaliya with the explanation that it was under a closure order. That means entry and exit are prohibited but life inside continues normally.

He went to the Mughazi camp later, but a large crowd of Palestinians had blocked the entrance with blazing barrels. An aide drove in and returned 10 minutes later, reporting on larger fires inside and advising him to stay out.

Goulding arrived Friday under terms of a Security Council resolution that criticized Israeli tactics and ordered an investigation of "ways and means for ensuring the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilians under Israeli occupation." The resolution passed 14 to 0 in December, with the United States abstaining.

Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir refused to meet Goulding on grounds that maintaining order in the occupied territories is an internal Israeli matter.

In the Israeli Parliament (Knesset), David Magen of the Likud Party attacked Peres in the foreign affairs and security committee for proposing demilitarization of Gaza and a deal with Jordan on the West Bank. He said demilitarization would bring guerrillas to Israel's doorstep and claimed that Peres had offered to partition the West Bank.

'Making Up Stories'

Peres said Magen was "making up stories." But Peres told reporters afterward: "The situation in the territories shows that it is impossible to ease the situation only by security measures. Political measures are also vital."

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