US envoy Anthony Zinni today became the first official permitted by Israel to meet Yasser Arafat at the Palestinian leader’s besieged compound.
Journalists were barred from covering the meeting. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and stun grenades at a group of 30 reporters who had approached the compound. Around 30 tanks surrounded the building, and some pointed their barrels at the journalists.
- Awad Duades, reporter for Voice of Palestine in Ramallah (also reports for French public radio and Free Speech Radio News).