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Sunday, 3 June, 2001, 13:30 GMT 14:30 UK
Palestinians face new sanctions
Israelis rioting on Saturday 3 June to demand retaliation for Tel Aviv bomb
Israelis want a military response from their government
Israel is tightening an economic blockade over Palestinian territories as part of its response to Friday's suicide bomb attack on a nightclub in Tel Aviv in which 19 Israelis died.

Israeli restrictions
Border closed with Egypt and Jordan
Palestinian workers to be deported from Israel
Oil and gas supply stopped
Mail halted
Money transfers stopped
The measures include barring Palestinian workers from entering Israel and, for the first time, cutting fuel supplies to the Palestinians.

The Israeli decision was taken on Saturday - before Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat announced an immediate ceasefire against Israeli targets.

The Israeli cabinet has yet to respond to the truce offer.

Strangulation

Israel has until further notice closed all international crossing points into the West Bank and Gaza from Jordan and Egypt.

Palestinians, including thousands of workers, have been barred from entering Israel. People found working there illegally will be deported.

Ariel Sharon
Mr Sharon is under immense pressure to retaliate
Reports suggest that for the first time supplies of fuel, oil and gas to the Palestinian Authority are to be halted.

International mail services and money transfers into the territories will likewise be blocked.

The BBC's Simon Ingram, reporting from Jerusalem, says eight months of already tight restrictions have brought the Palestinian economy to its knees.

If these measures are followed through, the Israelis risk bringing about its strangulation.

The Israelis' calculation is that economic punishment - not to mention the travel ban effectively confining Mr Arafat himself to the West Bank town of Ramallah - will force the Palestinian leader to keep his word and halt the attacks against Israel, our correspondent says.

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