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Monday, 17 December, 2001, 08:38 GMT
Top Palestinian held in Jerusalem
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Israeli police say they have detained the Palestine Liberation Organisation's chief official in Israeli-occupied east Jerusalem, Sari Nusseibeh.

Mr Nusseibeh was taken in for questioning after ignoring an Israeli ban on holding a reception involving several dignitaries for the feast of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

No specific reason had been given for the ban by the Israeli authorities.

"Sari Nusseibeh hasn't been arrested, he is being questioned by the police following his intention to organise today a meeting of several personalities in an east Jerusalem hotel, despite a government ban on this demonstration," police spokesman Gil Kleiman said.

East Jerusalem was captured by Israel in 1967 and annexed in 1980, but the Palestinians continue to see it as their future capital.

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