2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 22, 2001
Israel tightens grip on West Bank
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli tanks Bethlehem, where Palestinians said
moved deeper into West Bank yester- three people were killed by Israeli
day, tightening their grip on biblical gunfire - a police officer and a civil- "1 17
Bethlehem and five other towns in the ian in a nearby refugee campand
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widest operation against the Palestini-
ans in years.
Three Palestinians were killed yes-
terday, and the Palestinian Health Min-
istry said a teen-age boy wounded in
fighting last month died of his wounds.
The three-day-old assault, retaliation
for the assassination of an Israeli Cabi-
net minister by a radical PLO faction,
drew harsh international criticism and
set off disagreements within Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon's coalition gov-
In New York, Foreign Minister Shi-
mon Peres told U.N. Secretary-General
Kofi Annan yesterday that Israel does
not intend to stay in the areas it
entered, according to a spokesman for
Israel's U.N. Mission.
"We do not want to overthrow the
Palestinian Authority," the spokesman
quoted Peres as saying.
Some members of the moderate
Labor Party threatened to bolt the
coalition - a move that could badly
hobble the government - if the esca-
The focus of violence yesterday was
another civilian when a shell landed
near a hospital. Israel's army said
Palestinians threw a bomb at an Israeli
tank near the refugee camp, setting off
an exchange of fire, and were looking
into the hospital incident.
The Palestinian Health Ministry
also announced that 15-year-old
Ahmed Abu Mandeel, who was shot
in the chest during a clash with sol-
diers in the Gaza Strip on Sept. 29,
died of his injuries yesterday in a hos-
pital in Amman, Jordan, where he had
been sent for treatment.
Palestinians reported two injuries in
yesterday's fighting when a tank shell
exploded 50 yards from the Church of-
the Nativity in Bethlehem, marking
the birthplace of Jesus. The Israeli mil-
itary, holding tank positions several
miles away, was also checking this
Palestinian gunmen, meanwhile,
opened fire from nearby Beit JAlla on
the Jewish neighborhood of Gilo in a
disputed part of Jerusalem, Israeli
A few miles north of Jerusalem,
Pentagon identifies 2 killed in crash
The Pentagon announced yesterday thatnKristofer Stonesifer, 28, and Spc.
Jonn J. Edmunds, 20. of Cheyenne, Wyo., were the Rangers killed in Pakistan
when the helicopter crashed during poor visibility as the United States launched
its attacks on terrorist strongholds in Afghanistan. They served with the 75th
Ranger Regiment based at Fort Benning, Ga., the Army said.
Clegg said that after his junior year Stonesifer dropped out of ROTC and
enlisted in the Army because the ROTC unit was not intense enough for him.
Stonesifer joined the program at the Missoula campus in August 1999 and con-
tinued until his enlistment in May 2000, Clegg said.
"He was a very mature and focused young man, one of my top two cadets in a
very challenging year, that's the junior year in an ROTC program," Clegg said.
"He was a little older, and he had been around a little bit. He made better deci-
sions than some of the younger cadets made."
Stonesifer was "a solid student" academically and "was learning the skills
required to be a second lieutenant, leadership skills," Clegg said.
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) said in a release that the deaths would bring people
in his state closer together "as we grieve with the families of the fallen, help
those in need and stand up against our enemies."
BELFAST, Northern Ireland
Religious groups launch grenade attacks
Rival groups of Catholics and Protestants pelted one other with homemade
grenades yesterday in Belfast, and one man was hospitalized with a gunshot wound,
police and residents said. More than 100 Catholics and 50 Protestants had to be dri-
ven apart by police in full riot gear during the confrontation in the Limestone Road
area of north Belfast, a sectarian front line plagued by rioting in recent months.
Residents said shots were fired throughout the area and homemade grenades were
thrown. An army bomb disposal team defused an unexploded homemade grenade
after the unrest. A man who was struck by a bullet in a predominantly Catholic area
underwent surgery for what was believed to be a chest wound, police said. A spokes-
woman for the Royal Victoria Hospital said he was in satisfactory condition.
The bullet was fired from a nearby alleyway in the Catholic section of the
community, said Assistant Chief Constable Alan McQuillan. But police "are not
in a position to say which organization was responsible," he said.
The violence came amid mounting speculation that the Irish Republican Army
was planning to offer a disarmament gesture to ease the current crisis facing
Northern Ireland's joint Catholic-Protestant government.
An Israeli soldier in an amored personnel carrier secures an area on the outskirts
of the West Bank town of Qalqilya yesterday.
Israeli troops also moved farther into
Ramallah -- the seat of Yasser
Arafat's government in the West Bank
- and took over the Palestinian Local
Israeli officials said the moves were
made necessary by Arafat's inaction
against militant groups refusing to
honor a Sept. 26 cease-fire, and dis-
missed as rhetoric Palestinian claims
Arafat had outlawed such groups in
Israeliofficials: Forces to withdraw
WASHINGTON (AP) - Israel has told the Unit-
ed States it will withdraw from its recent incursions
deep into the West Bank, a commitment necessary
for the prospect of a cease-fire with the Palestinians,
Secretary of State Colin Powell said yesterday.
Powell, attending an Asian-Pacific economic sum-
mit in China, said he spoke earlier with Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon.
"Hopefully the Israelis will be able to leave the
territory that they have occupied recently," Powell
said on CNN's "Late Edition."
. Sharon "said he did not plan to stay in those areas.
And I hope they will finish what they're doing,
remove themselves as quickly as they can so that we
can get back to a process that hopefully will lead to a
cease-fire," Powell said.
Also yesterday, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon
Peres told U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in New
York that Israel does not intend to stay in the areas it
entered, a spokesman for Israel's U.N. Mission said.
Peres also was speaking yesterday night at a
national meeting of the American Jewish Congress
An aide to Yasser Arafat said the Palestinian
leader told Powell yesterday that Washington must
pressure Israel to withdraw.
"This issue will be a test (of) the willingness of
the U.S. to keep its coalition, or to sacrifice the
Arabs and Muslims to satisfy" Israel, said Arafat
aide Nabil Abu Rdeneh.
He was referring to U.S. concerns that Israeli-
Palestinian fighting could hinder efforts to maintain
the support of moderate Arab nations for U.S. opera-
tions against Affghanistan's Taliban govemrnment and
terror suspect Osama bin Laden.
In the region, Israeli tanks moved deeper into West
Bank in the widest operation against the Palestinians
Three Palestinians were killed yesterday, and the
Palestinian Health Ministry said a teen-age boy
wounded in fighting last month died of his wounds.
The assault is in retaliation for the assassination of
an Israeli Cabinet minister by a radical PLO faction.
"The United States position over a long period of
time has been to point out that targeted assassina-
tions of the kind that we have seen there is not in the
best interest of trying to find a way to move forward
with the peace process," Powell said.
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Berlin votes in first
openly gay mayor
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's party
made strong gains yesterday in Berlin as
voters confirmed their support for the
capital's first openly gay mayor and lift-
ed the former East German communists
within reach of power in the reunited
city for the first time.
Berliners handed the conservative
Christian Democrats a crushing defeat,
according to projections made by poll-
sters based on partial returns and
broadcast on ZDF television. The
party was tarnished by a bank scandal
that helped trigger the June collapse of
the city administration it dominated
for a decade. The collapse prompted
The voting was for the city's legisla-
ture, which elects the mayor. Schroeder's
Social Democrats, led by interim Mayor
Klaus Wowereit, won 30.8 percent, up
from 22.4 percent in the last election two
years ago, according to the projections.
Crop duster sprayed
Crew members who were aboard a
Mississippi River tugboat when a crop
duster sprayed it with an unknown sub-
stance have reported no health prob-
lems but were given an antibiotic as a
precaution, health officials said yester-
day. The towboat's skipper reported that
the low-flying plane sprayed the tow-
boat and barges Friday near Rosedale,
Miss., then circled around and sprayed
The small home where Elian Gon-
zalez lived while at the center of an
international custody battle opened
yesterday as a shrine to honor him.
Elian's wooden swing set and a
picture of his mother, Elizabeth Bro-
tons, who died while trying to bring
him to the United States, greeted
nearly 500 people who passed
through the front door of Unidos en
Casa Elian, or United in Elian
Delfin Gonzalez, the boy's great-
uncle and the Little Havana home's
owner, said some people might not
agree with opening the shrine shortly
after last month's terrorist attacks, or
even having a site dedicated to the
boy. But he said-it filled a need in
"For the people that don't care,
this might not be of any signifi-
cance," said Gonzalez.
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a pleasure craft. Officials were still
searching for the pleasure boat.
"This was a deliberate act by a crop
duster - this was no accident," said
Kent Buckley of the Bolivar County
Emergency Management Agency.
Buckley said officials suspect the
sprayed substance was sodium chlorate,
used to defoliate cotton crops. Buckley
said sodium chlorate is similar to salt
water and is not dangerous. Officials do
not know who owns the plane and are
looking for witnesses.
Home where Elian
lived becomes shrine
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