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"A reminder that Palestinians are still angry and frustrated"
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Friday, 27 October, 2000, 06:38 GMT 07:38 UK
Barak pushes for national unity
Palestinian youths
Palestinian youths flee teargas after clashes in the West Bank and Ramallah
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak says he is continuing with efforts to form a government of national unity after four weeks of bloodshed in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The opposition Likud party says it will not join any administration without a power of veto over the peace process with the Palestinians.

The crisis also took what might have been an dramatic new turn on Thursday when a Palestinian suicide bomber attacked a military post in the Israeli occupied Gaza strip.

Ehud Barak: Determined to get Israeli unity
Security has been stepped up amid heightened warnings that militant Islamic groups were planning to unleash further suicide attacks in Israeli cities.

US President Clinton held another long phone conversation with Mr Barak, but there is no sign of any progress in US efforts to get the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to meet in Washington for further talks.

Mr Barak maintains that as long as he remains prime minister he will try to keep the peace process alive.

But Ariel Sharon, the Likud leader and Mr Barak's most likely coalition partner, remains strongly opposed to any negotiations that would surrender Israeli control over Arab east Jerusalem.

Amnesty criticism

In another development, the human rights organisation Amnesty International has accused both the Israels and Palestinians of failing to carry out proper investigations into deaths resulting from the violence.

President Clinton
President Clinton wants to get the two sides together for more talks

"Human life is being cheapened by a mindset which seems to regard the killings of more than 130 Palestinians, including nearly 40 childen, and the killing of two detained Israeli soldiers as an unavoidable and acceptable consequence of the current crisis," said Claudio Cordone, leader of an Amnesty delegation visiting Israel the occupied territories this week.

"The current lack of investigations by either side makes it virtually impossible to hold anyone accountable for killings resulting from violations of human rights standards."

He called for an international team of experts to be appointed as soon as possible to launch an investigation.

Suicide bomb

The militant Palestinian group Islamic Jihad said it carried out Thursday morning's suicide bomb attack on an Israeli army post in the Gaza Strip.

The bomber was killed and one Israeli soldier was injured in the attack, the first of its kind during the recent upsurge in violence.

Israeli troops blocked off the main road where the suicide attack took place
It came as Israeli and Palestinian security officials reported no progress in talks between their security officials, aimed at agreeing ways to end weeks of violent clashes, which have left more than 130 people dead.

After the attack an Israeli army spokesman accused the Palestinian Authority of giving a "green light" to bombers by releasing dozens of militants from jail.

BBC Jerusalem correspondent Paul Adams says it has been three years since Palestinian suicide bombers last killed anyone but themselves, but the spectre of suicide bombs is one that haunts Israelis.

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