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Monday, 25 March, 2002, 03:47 GMT
New Mid-East plan considered
Israeli soldiers carry stretchers with the bodies of four militiamen on Sunday
The violence continued on Sunday
Israeli and Palestinian security officials are looking at new compromise proposals suggested by the American peace envoy Anthony Zinni.

The latest round of ceasefire talks chaired by Mr Zinni ended without agreement on Sunday, but both sides are expected to meet him for further talks on Monday.

The outcome of the meeting will influence Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's decision on whether the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat should be allowed to attend the Arab League summit in Beirut later this week.

United States special envoy Anthony Zinni
General Zinni failed to reach a breakthrough on Sunday
Israel had previously stated that a ceasefire would have to be in place before Mr Arafat would be allowed to travel.

Meanwhile the violence continued, with a 19-year-old Palestinian killed early on Monday during an Israeli incursion near the Gaza border with Egypt, according to Palestinian sources.

A total of 11 people died on Sunday, including four armed men who were shot by Israeli commandos as they tried to infiltrate the border from Jordan.

Arab summit

Mr Sharon said on Sunday that "so long as terrorism continues, [Arafat] will not get out of here".

Mr Arafat is keen to attend the Arab League summit, but the BBC correspondent in Jerusalem, Barbara Plett, says that many Palestinian factions do not want him to go if it means giving in to unfavourable Israeli security demands.

Mr Sharon has himself offered to go to Beirut to present his view of a new Saudi peace initiative due to be launched this week.

Yasser Arafat
Yasser Arafat wants to attend the Arab League talks in Beirut
But he is despised in the Lebanese capital for commanding Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon.

The host of the summit, Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, said the peace plan was aimed at the Israeli people, not Ariel Sharon - in whom Arab leaders had little faith.

"I don't think the Saudi initiative is addressed to Mr Sharon. It is addressed to the whole world and to the Israeli people," he said on Sunday.

US Vice President Dick Cheney said it was unlikely he would meet Mr Arafat before the summit gets under way on Wednesday.

Speaking on US television, Mr Cheney said Mr Arafat had not done enough to rein in militants and needed to "get actively" involved in enforcing a ceasefire.

Sunday toll

Eleven people died in separate incidents on Sunday.

Four unidentified suspected militants were killed in the Golan Heights after crossing the normally quiet Israeli-Jordanian border.

In a later incident, three Palestinians were shot dead near a Jewish settlement in Gaza.

On Sunday morning, al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades - an off-shoot of Mr Arafat's Fatah party - said it had killed a 23-year-old Israeli woman travelling on a bus near the West Bank settlement of Ateret.

Another Israeli woman was shot dead as she was travelling by car near the Beit Hagai settlement in the West Bank.

Palestinian sources said a Palestinian policeman was killed in clashes with Israeli troops searching the nearby village of Dir al-Sudan for suspects in the Azeret ambush.

Another Palestinian was shot dead after ignoring orders to stop as he approached Israeli troops at a border crossing in Gaza, according to the Israeli army.

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The BBC's Barbara Plett
"Israel wants Palestinians to arrest those who carried out attacks in the past"
Palestinian commentator Azzam Tamimi
"I am not sure this Arab League summit will deliver anything"
See also:

24 Mar 02 | Middle East
'Militants' killed near Jordan border
24 Mar 02 | Middle East
Arafat's travel dilemma
27 Feb 02 | Middle East
What is in the Saudi peace initiative?
21 Mar 02 | Middle East
Mid-East talks end without truce
21 Mar 02 | Media reports
Zinni fails to impress Mid-East media
20 Mar 02 | Middle East
Cheney offers olive branch to Arafat
16 Mar 02 | Middle East
Israel's stay-at-home culture
05 Mar 02 | Middle East
Profile: Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade
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