|Editions | myCNN | Video | Audio | Headline News Brief | Feedback||
Ongoing Israeli-Palestinian violence decreases, Israeli army says
Israeli diplomat wounded in Jordan
The Israeli army attributed the reduced violence to Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's order to Palestinians on Friday to halt all shooting against Israelis within Palestinian-controlled areas.
Both sides blame each other for violence that has left at least 256 people dead since September 28, including 218 Palestinians, 25 Israeli Jews and 13 Israeli Arabs, according to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent.
Israel's army reported minor clashes Sunday at the Karni Crossing between Gaza and Israel. The fighting resulted in the shooting death of a Palestinian teen-ager, Palestinian hospital sources said. Six other Palestinians were shot and wounded in the clash, according to the hospital sources.
Earlier Sunday, Israeli forces closed Karni, an important crossing point for Palestinian commerce and workers employed in Israel. Israel's army said it closed the crossing after Palestinian gunmen attacked a bus carrying Jewish settlers. There were no reports of injuries, and Karni remained closed Sunday.
Barak meets with Cabinet
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak held his first Cabinet meeting of the week Sunday, where ministers discussed the Israeli-Palestinian clashes. Outside the meeting place, about 50 Jewish settlers protested Barak's policies.
Later Sunday evening in New York, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan was expected to meet with the leader of a fact-finding mission agreed to by Israel and Arafat, U.S. envoy George Mitchell. The two men were to discuss possible deployment of a Palestinian-proposed international observer force in the region, an idea that Israel strongly opposes.
Jordan offers regrets for attack
Meanwhile, in nearby Jordan, an unknown attacker on Sunday shot and wounded the vice counsel to Israel's embassy in Amman. The Israeli diplomat was shot as he traveled to work in his car.
The diplomat suffered minor wounds in the arm and leg and was briefly hospitalized before returning to Israel, the Israeli government told CNN.
Barak described the incident as "very severe" and said Jordan and Israel should coordinate efforts to determine who was responsible for the attack.
A Jordanian government official has phoned Israel's Foreign Ministry to express Jordan's regrets about the incident.
Jordan and Egypt are the only two Arab nations that have reached a peace agreement with Israel.
Israel threatens retaliation for soldier's death
Palestinian Red Crescent Society
|Back to the top||
© 2001 Cable News Network. All Rights Reserved.|
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.