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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Oct. 19, 1995, V3, #189
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Withdrawals Continue on West Bank
By Al Pessin (VOA-Nablus)
Preparations intensified Wednesday for Israel's withdrawal from the
West Bank, as Israeli forces began evacuating two prisons in the
area, and the Palestinian police prepared to move in. Moving trucks
could be seen behind the barbed wire at Nablus Prison on
Wednesday. Local residents said furniture and kitchen supplies
were hauled away. Later, buses began transferring prisoners from
the jail in the center of town, and another on the city's
Just a week ago, anxious relatives waited outside these prisons as
Israel released about 850 prisoners under the peace agreement.
Nablus is to become autonomous next month.
But 30 miles to the north, in Jenin, preparations are even further
along. A senior Palestinian security officer visited the town and
a top local official says all is ready for a handover of civilian
authority next Tuesday, and the departure of Israeli troops and
arrival of the Palestinian police on Wednesday.
An Israeli army spokesman confirmed Palestinian police officers
will begin making familiarization tours of the area in the next few
Palestinians frequently complain that highly-publicized Middle East
peace signing ceremonies result in few changes on the ground, but
such changes appear to finally be starting.
First Gadhafi Wanted Palestinians Out; Now the Sudanese
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in August ordered the expulsion of
thousands of Palestinian and other foreign workers, in part to
protest the PLO-Israeli peace accords and in part to ease the
burden on an economy crippled by three years of a UN imposed air
embargo and trade sanctions.
It is not the first time that Gadhafi is expelling foreign
workers from his country. But the reasoning this time appears
guided by political and economic frustrations brought on by the
renewal of three-year-old UN trade sanctions.
In August, the Libyan leader announced he was kicking out about
30,000 Palestinian workers to underline his opposition to the
Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. He calls the agreement a fraud
because it does not provide a homeland for Palestinians living
outside the newly autonomous areas.
The UN High Commission for Refugees is trying to take care of
hundreds of Palestinians still stranded in a makeshift refugee
camp along the Libyan-Egyptian border.
More than 6,000 Palestinians have been expelled in the past three
months. A boatload of refugees that was turned away from Syria is
currently anchored off the coast of Cyprus with no place to go.
The exodus has caused consternation among neighboring Arab states
who do not want to accept the refugees and get drawn into the
controversy. Syria and Lebanon, in particular, are already home
to thousands of Palestinian refugees.
PLO leader Yasir Arafat has appealed to the Arab League to help
persuade Gadhafi to stop the expulsions.
At the same time, Libya is also throwing out hundreds of thousands
of Sudanese and other African workers the government says are in
the country illegally. Libya even asked the UN to ease the air
embargo to repatriate 1 million foreign workers.
Sudan is expecting about 13,000 workers to arrive home in a few
days after a grueling bus trip across nearly 1,800 miles of desert
roads. Libya has ordered as many as 300,000 Sudanese to leave by
the end of the year.
The expulsion orders coincide with political unrest that Libyan
officials suggest is being fueled by Sudanese militants working
there. Hundreds of Egyptian laborers were kicked out several
Officials also insist the expulsions will open up new jobs for
Libyans suffering from the UN imposed sanctions. Gadhafi ordered
the expulsions just after the Security Council voted to renew the
Air links and trade with Libya were cut in 1992 after Libya refused
US and British demands to turn over two men suspected of blowing up
an American airliner over Scotland in 1988 and French demands to
cooperate in the investigation of Libyan links to the 1989 bombing
of a French airliner over Niger.
Hamas Reaches Agreement with PA to Halt Terror Activity
IDF Intelligence Branch Chief Maj. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon said the
Palestinian Authority and Hamas have reached a settlement under
which Hamas will halt terrorist activity against Israel from
inside areas of self-rule and from inside Israeli territory.
Negotiations are currently underway between the Palestinian
Authority and Hamas on converting terrorist activity to political
activity, and eliminating the Iz A-Din Al Kassem terrorist cell,
Ya'alon said. The general added that no such negotiations are
being held between the Palestinian Authority and Islamic Jihad.
Israel Radio quoted a leader of the Palestinian Democratic Front in
the territories as saying that his organization fears that an
agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas will further
weaken groups opposed to negotiations with Israel.
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