Friday, 6 June 2003

Fresh Israeli Incursion Hours After Aqaba Summit

Ten Palestinians were injured and several houses demolished in a fresh incursion by Israeli occupation forces on the West Bank and Gaza Strip Wednesday, June 4, hours after a U.S.-led summit in Jordan’s Aqaba promised better future for the Palestinians and an end to more than a century of occupation and daily aggressions.

In the summit, attended by U.S. President George W. Bush, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pledged to improve the living conditions of Palestinians by easing restrictions on their areas long imposed since the September 2001 Intifada against Israeli occupation.

Israeli forces pushed into the West Bank towns of Nablus and Jenin, triggering clashes with inhabitants that left more than 10 Palestinians injured, witnesses told IslamOnline.net.

In Al-Khalil (Hebron), another West Bank city, Israeli forces demolished three houses of resistance fighters in southern area and imposed a curfew on the area, eyewitnesses told IOL.

Two Palestinians were abducted in the West Bank city of Tulkarem, and 11 teenagers wounded by Israeli fire as they threw stones to protest the army's incursion into two refugee camps on the West Bank, Palestinian security sources added.

To the north, four youths were moderately wounded as they were throwing stones at Israeli soldiers in Nablus' refugee camp of Balata, Palestinian medical sources said.

And another seven teenagers sustained injuries in similar circumstances in the refugee camp of Faraa, south of the northern West Bank town of Jenin.

In a brief incursion into the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah town, near the Egyptian border, Israeli tanks backed by bulldozers demolished four houses before pulling out, Palestinian security sources told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

An Israeli military source said that there had been mortar fire from Rafah in the direction of the nearby Jewish settlement at Gush Katif.

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