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Monday, 13 May, 2002, 21:03 GMT 22:03 UK
In pictures: Arafat's tour
Yasser Arafat has made his first trip outside the West Bank town of Ramallah since he was put under virtual house arrest by yhje Israelis in December.

The Palestinian leader visited towns that were the worst affected in Israel's recent military offensive in the West Bank.

Yasser Arafat's guards in Ramallah wave as he sets off (l) as preparations are underfoot in Nablus (r)
Arafat's guards in Ramallah waved him off as other West Bank towns prepared to welcome their leader

Yasser Arafat sets out from Ramallah aboard a Jordanian helicopter
He travelled in a Jordanian military helicopter as his own have been destroyed by the Israelis

Yasser Arafat flanked by priests in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity
His stop in Bethlehem took in the Church of the Nativity - freed from an Israeli siege three days ago

Yasser Arafat inside the Church of the Nativity
He examined the damage wrought during the five-week stand-off

Yasser Arafat comforts a woman in Nablus (l) and visits the wreckage of a house(r)
Arafat also met local people in Nablus, and toured areas heavily attacked by Israeli forces

Yasser Arafat waves to his supporters during a visit to Jenin
He then visited the town of Jenin, where many of his supporters turned out to welcome him

People waiting at Jenin refugee camp
But the thousands waiting at Jenin refugee camp were disappointed, as he cancelled his trip there amid fears for his security
The BBC's Fiona Werge
"Palestinians in Bethlehem are overjoyed to have their President back"
Likud member Dr Yuval Steinitz
"If we continue with... establishing a Palestinian state we commit suicide"
See also:

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