Israelis, Palestinians exchange gunfire
September 25, 1996
Web posted at: 11:30 a.m. EDT (1530 GMT)
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israeli soldiers and Palestinians engaged
in gun battles Wednesday at an Israeli checkpoint, an Israeli
He could not confirm that the shooting on the Palestinian
side came from Palestinian authority police, as some
unconfirmed reports maintained.
The clash occurred after a large group of students marched
along a highway toward an Israeli checkpoint to protest the
completion Tuesday of an archaeological tunnel along
Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque compound.
Palestinians consider the opening of the tunnel a desecration
of one of Islam's most holy shrines. The tunnel runs along
the Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites.
It was the most serious such clash since Israel began
handing over parts of the West Bank and Gaza to Palestinian
self-rule in May 1994 and another sign that the peace between
Israelis and Palestinians may be fraying.
The wounded man was taken to Ramallah hospital. Earlier,
Israeli troops wounded 160 Palestinians during clashes over
Israel's policy on Jerusalem, the hospital said.
Major-General Uzi Dayan, Israel's central commander
responsible for the West Bank, told Israel Radio: "There is
an exchange of gunfire." He said it happened next to a
crossing into the Ramallah self-rule enclave, north of
Ambulances ferried wounded to hospital. About 100 youths
stoned Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint, and the soldiers
responded with live fire, witnesses said.
Witnesses told Reuters that members of Palestinian President
Yasser Arafat's Force 17
security guard were firing back at the Israelis, but CNN
could not confirm those reports.
"It's an exchange of gunfire," Dayan told the radio.
"Fire was opened on our forces from a building in the area
under the authority of the Palestinian police. We are
checking now what's happening."
Dayan said he knew of no Israeli injuries.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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