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Friday, 20 July, 2001, 16:57 GMT 17:57 UK
Palestinian rage over infant death
Palestinians dressed as suicide bombers in the northern West Bank town of Jenin
Palestinians demonstrated after the shootings
Palestinians have buried a three-month-old baby killed along with two relatives in a shooting incident on a road near the West Bank city of Hebron.

About 1,000 mourners chanted "death to the settlers". The infant's mother, Rima Tmaizi, 28, said she was "sure our people will take revenge for him".

An outlawed Jewish extremist group has said it carried out the killings, which have been condemned by the Israeli Government and international leaders.

The funeral of three-month-old Diya Tmaizi
Diya Tmaizi is believed to be the youngest victim
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office issued a statement vowing to "do everything possible to apprehend those responsible" and "condemning all forms of terror".

A Sharon adviser also reiterated that Israel was not prepared to accept international monitors, contradicting an earlier statement by Israel's defence minister that appeared to soften Israel's position.

Mutual consent

A statement from Mr Sharon's office said such a deployment could only occur with the consent of all sides, which, it said, Israel would not give.


The whole matter of observers is unacceptable to us, but if this will be forced upon us, I will live with the presence of monitors of the Americans

Binyamin Ben-Eliezer
Defence Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer had suggested that a deployment might be acceptable if it involved monitors exclusively from the United States.

His remarks followed Thursday's call by G8 foreign ministers - including US Secretary of State Colin Powell - for the deployment of monitors.

Dore Gold, an adviser to Mr Sharon, told the BBC: "We are not talking about internationalising the situation like Bosnia, Somalia and southern Lebanon.

"There, the problems were not stopped. They were exacerbated by the presence of UN observers."

Committee for Road Safety

The three Palestinians shot dead on Thursday were reportedly driving back from a wedding when their vehicle was overtaken by a white car, whose occupants opened fire.


A group calling itself the Committee for Road Safety, reported to be Jewish extremists with a record of activities since 1989, said in a statement that it had carried out the attack.

The Israeli police say that it is too early to confirm whether the statement was authentic.

Diya Tmaizi, the three-month old baby boy who died, was buried in his home village of Idna.

He is thought to be the youngest person to have been killed in the past 10 months of violence, which has claimed the lives of at least 489 Palestinians, 128 Israelis and 13 Israeli Arabs.

Call for restraint

The leader of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat, called on the Israeli Government to restrain Jewish extremists.

The Committee for Road Safety was among extremist groups outlawed after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
Mr Sharon vowed to pursue the killers
Jewish settlers, living on land occupied by Israel in the 1967 war, have been frequent targets of Palestinian attacks on West Bank and Gaza roads since the fighting started.

Some 29 settlers have been killed in attacks in the past 10 months.

But a senior Palestinian official, Hanan Ashrawi, rejected the suggestion that the attack on the Palestinians on Thursday was an act of retaliation.

She said the settlers had always acted like vigilantes and that it was imperative to deploy international monitors to protect the Palestinians.

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The BBC's Jeremy Cooke on the West Bank
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The BBC's Orla Guerin
"The Israeli army has blocked all the roads"
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