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2002-04-08

The State of Siege in Jenin and Nablus

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Helicopter gunships and tanks attacked the refugee camp of Jenin on Saturday. Palestinian sources say the assault left 35 dead and dozens of dead and wounded in the streets. They say the Israelis have blocked ambulances and are asking for world leaders to intervene. Seven Israeli soldiers have died there.

In Nablus, tanks and helicopters continue to pound the city. Residents say many houses and some mosques were destroyed by missiles fired from US-made Apache attack helicopters. The Israeli army says it has killed 30 Palestinians in the city since Friday.

The head of the United Nations agency responsible for Palestinian refugees Peter Hansen called on the Israeli army to end its "pitiless assault" on civilian refugee camps in Nablus and Jenin.

He said reports of "pure horror" had been coming in, of helicopters strafing civilian residential areas, systematic shelling by tanks, and of bulldozers razing refugee homes.

Guests:

  • Dr. Ali Jabareen, pediatrician, Jenin Hospital
  • Younis Al- Khatib, president of Palestine Red Crescent Society

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