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Capital braces for violence
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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: JON IMMANUEL and ELLI WOHLGELERNTER and news agencies
Date: Mar 21, 1997
Start Page: 01
Section: News
Abstract (Document Summary)

Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai said yesterday he had been warned of plans for Palestinian violence today in the Jerusalem area, after several dozen Palestinian youths hurled rocks at soldiers guarding Rachel's Tomb outside Bethlehem.

OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Uzi Dayan has spoken of "separation zones" to avoid the confrontations of last September. But West Bank commander Maj.-Gen. Gabi Ophir said that "in most places cooperation {with the Palestinian Police} is at a lower level than formerly." Soldiers and border policemen fired tear gas during some three hours of low-key rioting in Bethlehem yesterday. Palestinian policemen at first held back the protesters, but they still approached the barbed wire barricade near the tomb, braving tear gas fumes which mixed with the black smoke of burning tires.

The rioting started inside Bethlehem as youths stoned a tourist bus. The IDF closed the town to tourists and Israelis and evacuated Jewish worshipers from Rachel's Tomb as the youths approached the limit of area A.

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