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Ongoing Israeli-Palestinian violence decreases, Israeli army says

Israeli diplomat wounded in Jordan


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Jordan offers regrets for attack

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JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Shooting incidents between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have decreased significantly since Saturday, Israeli military sources tell CNN.

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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.



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November 16, 2000
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RELATED SITES:
Palestinian Red Crescent Society
United Jewish Communities
United Nations
Israel Defense Forces
Addameer: Palestinian Human Rights Association
International Red Cross Red Crescent
Clashes Information Center
Palestinian State Information Service
Live Western Wall Camera at Aish
Palestinian National Authority Home Page
The Israeli Government's Official Web site
The Knesset, Israeli Parliament
Likud Home Page
Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees
U.S. State Department

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