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Saturday, 21 September, 2002, 17:32 GMT 18:32 UK
In pictures: Arafat's HQ under attack
The Israeli Army has been closing in on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's headquarters for three days, but he remains defiant.

Israeli tank in Ramallah
The Israeli Army launched its operation to take control of the compound under cover of darkness on Thursday (AP)

Arafat's security guards surrender
Israel demanded suspected militants surrender, but said those who gave themselves up were not the men they wanted

Smoke rising from Arafat's compound
Explosions later rocked Mr Arafat's compound, destroying buildings all around him (AP)

Troops run towards the Ramallah HQ of Mr Arafat
The siege continued on Friday, with troops surrounding the compound and digging a trench round Mr Arafat's office building

Israeli troops enter the main office building
On Saturday, Israeli troops finally entered the main office building, heavily damaged but still standing

The ruins inside the Ramallah compound
Israeli forces were systematically destroying every building in the compound - bar that used by Mr Arafat (AP)

Israeli troops exchange a Palestinian flag for an Israeli one
Troops asserted their control by exchanging a Palestinian flag for an Israeli one on the rooftop of the remaining building

Yasser Arafat in his office
But the Palestinians released a picture showing Mr Arafat continued to work, with his gun just an arm's length away


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