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3 Arabs Shot in Legs in Israel Clashes : Stores in Occupied Areas Close as Leaflets Call for 'Day of Wrath'

February 16, 1988|Associated Press

JERUSALEM — Israeli soldiers wounded three Arabs during clashes with demonstrators today and Palestinian youths stoned cars and torched buses to enforce a general strike in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Stores were closed throughout the occupied territories after leaflets calling for a "day of wrath" urged residents to stage commercial strikes and stay home from their jobs.

In the West Bank village of Kabatiyeh, 35 miles north of Jerusalem, troops opened fire to disperse protesters, and two Arabs in their 20s were hit in the legs, the Arab-run Palestine Press Service said.

Soldiers shot and wounded a third Palestinian during a protest in Jenin, north of Nablus, the agency said. Doctors at Jenin hospital confirmed they were treating two Kabatiyeh men and a third from Jenin for gunshot wounds.

Reprisals Threatened

Meanwhile, the Palestine Liberation Organization today threatened to attack Israeli targets around the world to avenge the killing of three guerrilla commanders and the bombing of a ferry, the Sol Phryne, being readied for a protest voyage by Palestinian deportees.

The PLO has blamed Israel for the car bombing Sunday that killed three men thought to have arranged the ferry charter and for the explosion aboard the vessel on Monday.

"Israel knows that the PLO is not handcuffed. . . . The blood of our martyrs will not go unavenged," said a statement issued in Nicosia, Cyprus.

"We had adhered to the Cairo Declaration to halt military operations against enemy targets outside the borders of (Israel)," the statement said. "It is not logical or possible for the halt to continue unilaterally. This is a double-edged weapon."

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