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March 31, 2002 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First the tanks and armored bulldozers punched holes in the high brick perimeter walls that shielded Yasser Arafat's headquarters and sanctuary. Then they smashed through the metal gates on three sides of the compound, which takes up a city block. The black iron door that once glided open for visiting dignitaries lay askew in the debris.
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March 30, 2002 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Israeli tanks rumbled through the compound of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat on Friday, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell placed the blame for the latest Mideast upheaval squarely on Palestinian terrorists. But he said the United States will forge ahead with its latest diplomatic effort to work out a cease-fire. "Let's be clear about what brought it all to a halt: terrorism," Powell said in an appearance at the State Department. "Terrorism . . .
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March 26, 2002 | ROBIN WRIGHT and TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Calling on allies in Europe and the Arab world to help, the United States on Monday engaged in intense diplomacy with Israel and the Palestinians in a bid to reduce bloodshed and generate momentum for a peace proposal to be debated this week at an Arab League summit. The Bush administration quietly tried to win Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's approval for Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat to attend the summit in Beirut, which begins Wednesday.
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March 25, 2002 | TRACY WILKINSON and ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
U.S. efforts to broker a Mideast cease-fire ahead of a key Arab summit suffered multiple blows Sunday as the latest round of negotiations failed to produce an agreement to halt 18 months of bloodshed. Vice President Dick Cheney said he has no plans to return to the region for talks with Yasser Arafat, and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon threatened to prevent the Palestinian Authority president from traveling to the Arab League summit in Beirut this week.
NEWS
March 24, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Israeli soldiers shot and killed two Palestinians who attacked an army post with grenades Saturday, as aides to Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat said he would go to an Arab summit in Beirut after three months of confinement by Israel. The militant Islamic group Hamas said the two men belonged to its armed wing. The army said the men attacked an outpost near the Jewish settlement of Dugit in the northern Gaza Strip.
NEWS
March 17, 2002 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. envoy Anthony C. Zinni held a second day of separate meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat on Saturday amid quickening efforts to broker a cease-fire. Israel said that Sharon was willing to meet with top Palestinian officials to declare a cease-fire in the deadliest fighting between the two sides in decades.
NEWS
March 8, 2002 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A lone Palestinian gunman slipped inside a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip late Thursday night, killing five Israeli students and wounding 23 people on a day of violence that seemed to bring Israelis and Palestinians to the brink of all-out war. Since Thursday morning, more than 30 Palestinians have died in the fighting.
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February 17, 2002 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Israeli teenagers were killed and 30 others were injured when a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up outside a crowded pizza restaurant inside a West Bank settlement shortly after the Jewish Sabbath ended Saturday night. Hours later, Israeli attack helicopters fired missiles into Palestinian Authority buildings in the West Bank city of Nablus in apparent retaliation for the attack. Palestinians reported that one child was injured in the predawn raid.
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February 10, 2002 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About the time Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon began his fourth White House powwow in a year, Yasser Arafat was tucking into a bowl of vegetable soup at his headquarters in this besieged city, where he has been confined for two months. As Sharon huddled with President Bush last week, the Palestinian Authority president supped with his own aides beneath a photograph of Jerusalem, the holy city that seems farther from his reach than ever.
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