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Sunday, 29 October, 2000, 12:59 GMT
Americans in Indonesia ordered to leave

Radical Muslims in one of the main cities in Indonesia have been searching hotels for Americans and warning that all U.S. citizens must leave within FORTY-EIGHT hours.

The manager of one big hotel in the city of Solo, in central Java, said he'd been visited by about one-hundred young men in green uniforms, who said they were from a group called the Hizbul army.

Several American businessmen have already left the city.

The BBC correspondent in Indonesia, which is the biggest Muslim country in the world, says recent events in the Middle East have led to a sharp rise in anti-American sentiment because of the perceived pro-Israel bias of US policy.

He says this anti-Americanism has also been fed by accusations that the American ambassador Robert Gelbhard has attempted to influence cabinet and army appointments -- a charge denied by the embassy.

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