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"Peace seems a long, long way off"
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Tuesday, 17 October, 2000, 20:22 GMT 21:22 UK
Violence continues despite agreement
Family grieving for farmer Farid Mussa Nassasreh
The death toll is still rising in the Palestinian territories
The violence on the West Bank and Gaza Strip has continued despite President Bill Clinton's announcement of an agreement on Tuesday to end the bloodshed.

An Israeli soldier aims at Palestinian stone-throwers
An Israeli soldier aims at Palestinian stone-throwers

Two Palestinians were killed and one Israeli critically wounded in the clashes.

Palestinian policeman Nabil Khater, 42, was shot in clashes with Israeli troops near the Erez crossing point, between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

Earlier, 28-year-old farmer Farid Mussa Nassasreh, was shot dead by Israeli settlers while picking olives near the West Bank town of Nablus, witnesses said.

An Israeli policeman was also critically wounded and two hurt in exchange of gunfire in the Jerusalem suburb of Gilo, built on Arab land annexed by Israel in 1967.

The army responded by firing machine guns at the nearby West Bank town of Beit Jala and ordering residents to leave their homes.

The wave of violence in the last 20 days has seen at least 105 people killed.

'Day of rage'

Clashes also broke out following the funeral of a boy shot dead in Bethlehem during fighting on Monday.

Palestinian pushes tyre towards Israeli positions
Palestinian youths are using whatever means they can
Hundreds of Palestinian youths marched to the nearest Israeli checkpoint and threw stones and petrol bombs at soldiers, who returned fire with rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas.

Throughout the territories, thousands of protestors chanted slogans in a "day of rage" in protest at the Sharm el-Sheikh summit.

Some called for violence against Israel. "No to the summit" and "Let's blow up Israeli buses" were some of the chants heard during the day.

Uprising to continue

The leader of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement in the West Bank, Marwan Barghouti, told the BBC that the Palestinian uprising would continue regardless of the summit until independence.

He said that the summit had been "a failure" and had not addressed the root cause.

Palestinians run for cover in clashes at the Erez crossing
Palestinians run for cover in clashes at the Erez crossing
"We have to put an end to the Israeli occupation. If they don't deal with this issue, I don't think that they succeeded," he said.

The spiritual leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas vowed to pursue the struggle against Israeli occupation.

Palestinian commentators say Mr Arafat is taking a political risk by saying he wants to quell the violence, which is being fuelled by popular frustration with the peace process and anger that so many Palestinians have been killed recently.

Correspondents say that with the anger still raw, the danger is that one confrontation could derail all the carefully crafted diplomacy.

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